IOWA TIES: ISU Alumnus Charged In Sandusky Case

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Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has accused Penn State’s former President, a man with Iowa ties, of orchestrating a cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the conspiracy and child endangerment charges against Graham Spanier Thursday.  Spanier is also charged with perjury.

Spanier is accused of overseeing a cover-up that allowed convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to prey on children for years.

Spanier is an Iowa State University Alumnus.  He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate from ISU.

Earlier this summer, we asked ISU President Steven Leath if he thought Spanier should be stripped of his honors.  He said, “We don’t have a procedure at Iowa State to remove an honorary degree, which I think is the only one we would be considering right now.  That would have to go through the Faculty Senate and the Board of Regents.  And that whole process has never been applied as far as I know.”

At the time of that interview, Leath said he would like to see the legal process play out and for more of the facts of the case to be revealed.