Penn State University's former president is being blocked from traveling to Saudi Arabia while he awaits trial over allegations he covered up child sex abuse complaints against ex-coach Jerry Sandusky.
Lawyers for Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) filed an emergency motion Thursday after a probation officer turned down his request to go to Saudi Arabia on business. The probation officer cited that country's lack of an extradition treaty with the U.S.
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His lawyers say that's unreasonable. They note Spanier was allowed to travel to the Persian Gulf country last November.
Sandusky was a retired assistant football coach when he was charged and then convicted of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on the Penn State campus.
Spanier and two other ex-administrators await trial on cover-up charges.