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Attorneys connected to Sandusky case react to Spanier charges

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi, who represents one of Jerry Sandusky's young victims, had a strong reaction to the latest set of charges filed in connection to the child sex abuse scandal.

Attorney General Linda Kelly announced charges Thursday against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, as well as additional charges against former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley.

Kelly said all three university officials knew about allegations against Sandusky and conspired to cover them up. She called it a "conspiracy of silence."

"It really doesn't get much larger in terms of the conspiracy and cover-up," Andreozzi said.

Andreozzi's client is the young man who received love letters allegedly written by Sandusky. Many described the language in those letters as "sickening," but equally sickening, Andreozzi said, was the language used in emails apparently exchanged between top Penn State officials.

"Why did they refer to Mr. Sandusky as 'the subject?" Andreozzi asked. "Why did they refer to Second Mile as 'the organization?"

According to Andreozzi, this was done because Schultz, Curley, and Spanier knew that something wrong was happening to children. That accusation is backed up by both the Freeh Report and Thursday's charges against Spanier.

Sandusky's attorney, Karl Rominger, said the case against Spanier could have its cracks.

"We start from a very different proposition than Louis Freeh, which is that Jerry Sandusky is innocent," Rominger said. "I cross-examined Mike McQueary and you're going to have to understand, he's really the key to the case. What did he really tell Joe Paterno? Who really knew what, when? I don't think the case is as solid as what they government would lead the public to believe."

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