Judge loosens travel restrictions on former Penn State president Graham Spanier

mdawson@centredaily.comAugust 29, 2013 

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been given the green light to travel more freely, as a judge in Dauphin County agreed to loosen his bail conditions.

President Judge Todd A. Hoover on Wednesday lifted restrictions on international and domestic travel that he imposed on Spanier after the former university administrator turned himself in in November, but the judge set some ground rules Spanier must follow before hopping aboard an airplane.

Spanier remains free on unsecured bail awaiting trial on perjury, child endangerment, conspiracy and other charges. Authorities have said Spanier and two other former Penn State administrators, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, conspired to conceal abuse allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago.

The cases against the three men were held for court last month in front of a district judge in Harrisburg.

Spanier is now allowed to travel abroad, according to the court order, but he has to give his travel plans 20 days in advance to a designated court official, and the requests will be considered by the court and reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office.

Spanier must include his full itinerary — arrival, departure, airline information, as well as people with whom he will associate — and he must document whether the country has an extradition treaty with the United States.

The judge also said Spanier can pick up his passport from the State College office of the attorney general once he’s given approval, and after he returns from abroad, he will have one day to return the passport back to the office.

The order also says Spanier no longer has to provide advance notice of any domestic trips.

When Spanier turned himself in, the judge prohibited him from traveling out of state and abroad. The lawyers fought the restrictions, but the judge at first lifted only the domestic travel ban.

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