Ex-Penn State administrators get jail time

Raquel Nash
June 3, 2017

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Three ex-Pennsylvania State University administrators were sentenced Friday to jail time and house arrest on child endangerment charges in connection with a years-old child molestation scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is appealing his sentence, and Spanier said he also planned to appeal. Former Athletic Director Gary Schultz and former university Vice Ppresident Tim Curley were sentenced to similar jail terms, to be followed by house arrest.

The sentencing ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which broke in 2011 and led to the firing of Paterno. "Why no one made a phone call to police ... is beyond me".

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are to begin serving their sentences July 15, authorities said.

The only motive for the men's silence, he said, appeared to be to protect Penn State's reputation.

Spanier was chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1991-95.

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, a decade later. "I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", he said. As a result of the Sandusky case, the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs.

Reaction after the sentencing reflected the divisiveness of the case.

The assistant said that when he told school officials, they failed to report the incident to police.

Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.

"The crime that these defendants committed has had a profound effect on the children who were victimized by Jerry Sandusky", the state Attorney General's Office wrote in sentencing memos Thursday, according to the Daily Collegian.

Spanier had been convicted in a March jury trial of misdemeanor child endangerment for brushing a 2001 allegation about Sandusky's abuse under the rug. Friday, Spanier indicated he will appeal the conviction.

"He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most", said Laura Ditka, a state prosecutor. "And that is inexcusable". Schultz testified that Spanier was made aware of McQueary's report and the 1998 investigation against Sandusky.

They reserved their harshest words for Spanier. The head coach then notified Curley and Schultz, who discussed the matter with Spanier. The emails the men exchanged in 2001 - in which Curley suggested changing the plan and Spanier agreed - formed the core of the prosecution's case.

Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of seven to 23 months, with three in jail. All will serve additional time under house arrest after their release. He also received two years of probation, a $7,500 fine and must serve 200 hours of community service.

In a particularly combative turn at the stand for a prosecution witness, Curley testified that he didn't remember numerous pivotal conversations that led up to the 2001 decision, including his conversations with Paterno. Curley has had lung cancer for more than six years.

"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt", Schultz said.

She said he kept Penn State trustees in the dark about the Sandusky complaint and "he allowed children to be harmed". "He was an adult".

Both the judge and prosecutors Friday thrust blame onto Paterno himself. His father, he said, notified his superiors, as required under state law and university policy.

Curley and Schultz also told the court they were sorry they didn't do more.

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