(CBS) As opening statements in the Jerry Sandusky trail got underway Monday morning, a new report surfaced that could lead to charges against former Penn State President Graham Spanier.

According to NBC News, investigators have discovered “major new evidence” that includes a 2001 e-mail chain between Gary Schultz, Tim Curley, and Spanier. In the e-mails, Spanier allegedly told Schultz that he didn’t want to involve legal authorities because it was the “humane” thing to do for Sandusky. At the time, Penn State had been looking into the alleged locker room incident between Sandusky and Victim 2.

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In a response to the report, Penn State released the following statement:

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“In the course of former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s independent investigation, e-mails were discovered and immediately turned over to the State Attorney General.”

“In deference to the legal process, the University cannot comment further on specifics of the ongoing legal case as it unfolds. We continue to work with the State Attorney General, the US Attorney and Judge Freeh in their investigations into this matter.”

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“We will continue to cooperate fully with all legal processes to determine what happened and ensure personal accountability.”