Ousted Penn State President Blasts Report; Says He Was Abused as a Child
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier said he would never have ignored accusations of child sex abuse on campus because, among other things, he “personally experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child,” according to a letter he sent to the school’s board of trustees.
“It is unfathomable and illogical to think that a respected family sociologist and family therapist, someone who personally experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child, someone who devoted a significant portion of his career to the welfare of children and youth… would have knowingly turned a blind eye to any report of child abuse or predatory sexual acts directed at children,” Spanier said in the letter — which was dated Sunday and obtained by CNN Tuesday.
He then blasted the findings of an internal review that found top university officials, including Spanier, had created an environment that helped to empower former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, calling the report “egregious in its incomplete and inaccurate reporting.”
Spanier added that he does not remember receiving e-mails about abuse accusations in 1998, and was not made to understand that the 2001 shower incident witnessed by a graduate assistant had been sexual in nature.
Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period.