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Trial scheduled to begin for former Penn State president Graham Spanier

20 March 2017

Spanier's immediate response was to issue an emphatic defense of his two underlings, putting out a statement that expressed his unconditional support for them that predicted "the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately".

The government witness list also names police investigators and university staff who knew about earlier complaints about Sandusky.

Sandusky is an ex-Penn State assistant coach who is serving a decades long prison sentence for abusing several boys.

Their guilty pleas raise the possibility that the two will be called as witnesses against Spanier in the coming trial.

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As of 10:30 a.m., jurors were working to fill out questionnaires, and no activity had yet taken place inside the courtroom.

This story has been corrected to show McQueary reported seeing Sandusky in the shower with the boy in 2001, not 2002.

The Penn State scandal is expected to once again play out in court.

Graham Spanier is facing felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy stemming from the 2011 Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He originally was scheduled to stand trial alongside two co-defendants - former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Penn State senior vice president Gary Schultz - until last week when the two pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children.

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The 68-year-old Spanier declined to comment as he entered the courthouse Monday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He denies any wrongdoing.

It's the opening act of former Penn State University President Grahan Spanier's trial.

Jury selection was off to a slow start Monday as potential jurors were questioned behind closed doors at times, presumably as they addressed questions about sexual abuse and other sensitive topics.

In one of the many statements about the case he has made, Spanier told the board in a July 2012 letter that he did not recall a woman's complaint in 1998 about Sandusky showering with her son, a matter that was investigated but no charges were filed.

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Spanier was forced out as university president shortly after Sandusky was charged with child molestation in November 2011.

Trial scheduled to begin for former Penn State president Graham Spanier