Charged Penn State ex-president can’t travel to Saudi Arabia

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge isn’t letting Penn State’s former president travel to Saudi Arabia while he awaits trial on charges he engaged in a criminal cover-up of child sexual abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis based his ruling Thursday regarding Graham Spanier (SPAN’-yur) on concerns that the U.S. doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the Persian Gulf nation.

Lewis also denied a request by Spanier that his passport be returned permanently. He now has to seek its temporary return on a trip-by-trip basis.

Spanier wants to travel to Saudi Arabia next month for work, to participate in seminars at the request of the Saudi Ministry of Education.

The case against Spanier and two other former high-ranking administrators is on appeal.