September 3, 2012
Held Up as a Defense, Spanier's Scholarship on Children and Sex Carries Ironies
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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