PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ousted Penn State University president Graham Spanier insisted Monday that he wouldn’t have ignored child sexual-abuse complaints as the school’s top administrator because he was beaten repeatedly as a child by his father, his lawyer told The Associated Press.
Spanier received regular “disciplinary beatings” by his father as a teen, and had to have his nose straightened several times, lawyer Peter Vaira said. The abuse was never sexual, Vaira said.
Spanier said in a letter dated July 23 to the school’s board of trustees that he would not have turned “a blind eye” to the victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky because of Spanier’s own abuse history. Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, is awaiting sentencing for crimes involving 10 boys, both on and off campus.
“It is unfathomable and illogical to think that a respected family sociologist and family therapist, someone who personally experienced massive…
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