Charges were filed Thursday against former Penn State president Graham Spanier and two other administrators. Spanier is accused of perjury, endangering children and other charges in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.
Spanier had been the school's president for 16 years until the scandal broke a year ago and had widely been considered vulnerable to charges.
New charges were also filed against Athletic Director Tim Curley, currently on leave while he serves out the last year of his contract, and retired vice president Gary Schultz, who were arrested last year with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse. That case is scheduled for trial in January.
Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was convicted in June of molesting boys, but maintains his innocence. He is serving a 30-to-60-year sentence.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz have denied accusations they concealed allegations against Sandusky to protect Penn State from bad publicity.
The 64-year-old Spanier also spent three-and-a-half years as the chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the 1990s.