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August 23rd, 2012
08:36 AM ET

Fmr. Penn State President Graham Spanier speaks with Jeffrey Toobin, says he was unjustly accused and wasn't aware of abuse

The former president of Penn State University is finally speaking out, addressing accusations that he concealed allegations against former football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Graham Spanier is not charged with a crime, but he was cited in a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh who says Spanier "empowered" Sandusky to attract victims to campus. Freeh's report asserted that ultimately, Spanier failed to protect children for more than a decade.

There are also a lot of questions about what Spanier knew and when he knew it, especially after an incident in 2001 when Sandusky was spotted in a shower with a child.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeff Toobin sat down with Spanier for an extensive interview, and he shares details from his piece on "Early Start" this morning.

He says Spanier's "mindset is: I am unjustly accused. He feels like, look, Jerry Sandusky was an evil, evil man, but I didn't know he was abusing children, and more to the point, it is not fair to assume I should have known."

Read more from Jeffrey Toobin's interview in his New Yorker piece "Former Penn State President Graham Spanier Speaks."

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