Ex-Penn St officials get jail terms in Sandusky abuse case

Wade Massey
June 3, 2017

Graham Spanier, the former Penn State president who was at the school during the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and two other former PSU officials have been sentenced to jail time for child endangerment.

Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are pictured at a 2011 news conference addressing the Jerry Sandusky child sex assault investigation.

Former President Graham Spanier, 68, was sentenced to four to 12 months, with the first two in jail and the rest under house arrest.

Former university athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz, and ex- president Graham Spanier, have all been convicted of child endangerment in the case.

Schultz and Curley are facing a maximum 23-month sentence, while Spanier could spend up to one year in jail.

A judge ordered Curley to spend 7 to 23 months in jail followed by 2 years probation. Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to the same charge.

"I find it really hard to believe he doesn't remember every detail of the most serious mistake he made in his life", Boccabella said of Curley. Sandusky is serving 30-to-60 years in prison.

"I deeply regret that I did not intervene more forcefully", said Spanier, who did not testify at his trial. But Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

For almost six years, the case has roiled Penn State and its supporters, stirring conversations and changes across college campuses and their athletic programs.

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Prosecutor Patrick Schulte said Curley at one point had drawn up a plan to report Sandusky to state authorities, but "something changed after talking to coach Paterno".

Penn State's football program suffered heavy sanctions from the NCAA, and the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs.

Boccabella said he was not convinced that Spanier was "totally responsible" for the failure to report Sandusky to authorities, noting that he relied on the judgement of his aides.

Spanier's attorney has said the former president intends to appeal his conviction.

Paterno "could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty".

She said he kept Penn State trustees in the dark about the Sandusky complaint and "he allowed children to be harmed". But in documents filed on the eve of the sentencing, they assailed the two men over their testimony at Spanier's trial.

Both the judge and prosecutors Friday thrust blame onto Paterno himself.

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

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