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Penn State president Graham Spanier says he was abused as a child

Then-Penn State University president Graham Spanier speaks during

Then-Penn State University president Graham Spanier speaks during a news conference at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. Credit: AP, 2007

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier said he wouldn't have ignored child sexual-abuse complaints because he was beaten repeatedly as a child.

Spanier's lawyer, Peter Vaira, told The Associated Press that Spanier received regular "disciplinary beatings" by his father, and had to have his nose straightened several times. Vaira said the abuse was never sexual.

Spanier sent a letter to Penn State University's board of trustees saying he would not have turned a blind eye to the victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, because of his own abuse history.

The letter was first reported Monday by The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

A recent Penn State-commissioned report on the Sandusky scandal blasted Spanier, former coach Joe Paterno and others for failing to report the abuse complaints to authorities.

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