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Ex-PSU President Graham Spanier Says He Was a Victim of Child Abuse

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - OCTOBER 27: University President Graham Spanier of the Penn State Nittany Lions watches warmups before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2007 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 37-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIAugust 22, 2012

Ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier, who resigned from his position in November because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, told ABC News Wednesday that he was a victim of child abuse.

Yahoo! posted the ABC News' article written by Russell Goldman citing an interview Spanier gave on Wednesday with ABC News' Josh Elliott. Spanier told ABC that he was a victim of child abuse so severe that he needed several surgeries as an adult to correct it.

Spanier states in the interview that the abuse came at the hands of his father, and started when he was a child and lasted for several years.

Spanier was forced to step down at Penn State in November in the wake of the findings that Sandusky had molested young boys on Penn State's campus. Sandusky was an assistant football coach for the Nittany Lions from1969-1999.

Spanier was named in the investigation by former FBI Director, Louis Freeh, as knowing about Sandudsy and working with other Penn State administrators, including Joe Paterno, the legendary football coach, to cover it up.

Spanier has since denied the Freeh report and his lawyers released a statement on Wednesday calling the report "a myth".

Spanier has not officially been charged with a crime in the case.

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