“Graham Spanier might have been ousted from his post at the helm of Penn State over the sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the university, but it seems he’s found a backup employer: the American taxpayer.
Only a disgraced public figure would consider joining the much-maligned ranks of the federal workforce as a step up, reputation-wise. We can assume there were no openings for a used-car salesman.
Spanier was faulted in an internal Penn State report after the conviction on child-molestation charges of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The report said he, head coach Joe Paterno and others helped cover up Sandusky’s abuse.
His lawyer confirms to the Loop that Spanier is working on a part-time consulting basis for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues. But the gig is so hush-hush, he couldn’t even tell his attorneys the name of the agency. In April — months after his ouster as president but before the release of the internal report — he told the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania that he was working on a “special project for the U.S. government relating [to] national security.”
But who’s he working for? The CIA? Homeland Security? Or maybe just a dull consulting firm with a government contract?
“I have no idea,”says his lawyer, Peter Vaira. “We know the work is in security and he’s prohibited from disclosing which agency or agencies he’s working for.”
What better place for a man who keeps secrets about child rape to work? I guess the U.S. Government figures that if he can keep serious criminal secrets for Penn State, he can do the same for them.
On a different note…
“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.”
Being abused as a child is no indication of a person’s consciousness, or willingness to stand up and protect children. On the contrary, most people who cover up, or turn their heads to child sexual abuse were also physically or sexually abused as children.
“It is unfathomable and illogical to think that a respected family sociologist and family therapist, someone who personally experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child, someone who devoted a significant portion of his career to the welfare of children and youth … would have knowingly turned a blind eye to any report of child abuse or predatory sexual acts directed at children,” Spanier said in the letter.
Ah heck, quit griping. It happens all the time. Respected professionals who are put in care of the welfare of children are capable of not only protecting child abusers, but of being one themselves.
“The letter was obtained by the AP through someone close to the case. The person did not want to be identified because the person was not authorized to release the letter.
In reaction to unprecedented NCAA penalties announced Monday against Penn State, acting athletic director David Joyner, said, “We are deeply disappointed that some of our leaders could have turned a blind eye to such abuse, and agree that the culture at Penn State must change.”
Spanier’s successor Rodney Erickson vowed that the school would.
“We must create a culture in which people are not afraid to speak up, management is not compartmentalized, all are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards …,” he said.
University officials had no comment Monday on Spanier’s letter.
Spanier said he does not recall receiving any emails about a 1998 report and subsequent investigation that Sandusky had showered with a boy on Penn State’s campus. And he said he did not understand the 2001 shower incident observed by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary was sexual.”
Jerry’s victim sure understood it was sexual and Mike McQueary knew damn well it was.