HARRISBURG -- Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier was in court Monday for the start of his trial.
Spanier is charged with endangering the welfare of children in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Jury selection started Monday in Harrisburg out of a pool of close to 150 people. By the end of the day, 12 jurors were selected. Four alternates need to be picked Tuesday and then opening statements will start.
Spanier walked into the Dauphin County Courthouse surrounded by his legal team. The former president of Penn State University faces two counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Prosecutors say Spanier, along with former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley, was told about the abuse in 2001 but did not report it to police.
Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children. Prosecutors say Curley and Schultz will testify against Spanier.
Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary is also scheduled to testify, along with a confidential witness.
The judge in Dauphin County has blocked out two weeks for the trial of Graham Spanier but says he does hope to have it wrapped up by Friday.