On November 4, 2011, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation. Among the incidents was one that took place in 2002, three years after Sandusky's retirement. He was seen having a sexual encounter with a child in a shower.
When head coach Joe Paterno learned about the incident, he informed athletic director Tim Curley. However, the only action Curley took was to order Sandusky not to bring any more children from his charity into the football building. This course of action was approved by Spanier. At no time did Spanier or Curley report the incident to police.
On November 5, Curley and Penn State senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz were indicted for failing to report the incident, as well as for lying to a grand jury about what they knew about it at the time. Spanier's first public comment on this was to express support for Curley.
Unacceptable doesn't even begin to describe Spanier's actions here. This is beyond criminal conduct, but a question of right and wrong. Spanier must be fired.