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Penn State places Spanier on immediate leave

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Penn State University said it has placed former president Graham Spanier on leave, effective immediately, in light of charges filed against him in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation.

Spanier was removed as president last November, but continued to serve as a tenured professor at Penn State even though he has been on sabbatical leave.

Attorney General Linda Kelly announced earlier that Spanier will be charged with counts including perjury, endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, and failing to report suspected child abuse.

Kelly also announced additional charges against former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. Charged last year with perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse, the two now face five new counts of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, and conspiracy.

Schultz returned to retirement after charges were filed last year and Curley was placed on administrative leave. He was recently been given notice that his contract will not be renewed when it expires on June 30.

University officials refused to comment on the charges, citing "respect for the legal process."

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