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Ex-Penn State president asks court to throw out conviction

The Associated Press
FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, former Penn State President Graham Spanier departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. Spanier, who was Penn State's president when the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal erupted, may soon be headed to jail after Pennsylvania's highest court declined to take up his appeal. The state's Supreme Court on Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 declined to hear Spanier's appeal of a misdemeanor child endangerment conviction related to his handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy in the football team locker room. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG – Former Penn State president Graham Spanier wants a federal court to vacate his criminal conviction for his handling of a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in a university locker room.

Spanier last week filed a petition with federal court in Harrisburg that argues his misdemeanor child endangerment conviction involved a version of the law that wasn’t in place in 2001.

Spanier is also challenging how the statute of limitations was applied his case.

The filing was first reported Friday by Pennlive.com .

The 70-year-old Spanier has been out on bail since his 2017 jury conviction.

He says in the federal filing he expects to soon begin serving a term of two months in jail followed by two months of house arrest.