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By Genaro C. Armas

State College, PA (AP) - Lawyers for Graham Spanier say the former Penn State president told investigators hired by the university that he was not told of an incident involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or "criminality of any kind."

Attorneys Peter Vaira and Elizabeth Ainslie said Tuesday that Spanier was interviewed Friday by investigators for former FBI director Louis Freeh, who's looking into the child sex-abuse scandal.

Spanier was forced out by trustees days after Sandusky was arrested in November but remains on the faculty.

Spanier told investigators he wasn't notified of any criminal behavior by Sandusky during his 16 years as president.

The lawyers also say emails from Spanier related to a 2001 allegation against Sandusky have been leaked without full context, distorting the record.

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