Held Up as a Defense, Spanier's Scholarship on Children and Sex Carries Ironies

Held Up as a Defense, Spanier's Scholarship on Children and Sex Carries Ironies 1

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ABC's Josh Elliott interviews Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal. Mr. Spanier has mounted a public defense that emphasizes his academic and personal history.

"Unfathomable."

That is the word Graham B. Spanier, the ousted Pennsylvania State University president, chose to use in response to the charge that he knowingly overlooked the crimes of a child predator in his midst. The allegation defies logic, he argued in a July letter to Penn State trustees, because Mr. Spanier has devoted his scholarly and professional life to studying the welfare of children, and is also a victim of abuse.

How, Mr. Spanier has asked rhetorically, could a