Ex-Penn State President, Officials Face Sentencing in Sandusky Scandal

Jun 03, 2017, 02:13
Ex-Penn State President, Officials Face Sentencing in Sandusky Scandal

Three former Pennsylvania State University officials were sentenced to jail on Friday for covering up ex-coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual predations and effectively letting him victimize more boys.

In mid-March of this year, ex-athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges; a week or so later, former university president Graham Spanier was found guilty by a jury of one count of endangering the welfare of children. All three were also fined and ordered to perform community service. But Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report Sandusky to child welfare authorities or police.

The prosecutors declined to recommend a sentence for Curley or Schultz, but said, "Nothing short of a sentence that includes a period of jail time would be an appropriate sentence for Graham Spanier". Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months imprisonment plus two years probation.

Defense attorneys also cited Spanier's age, 69, "worsening health" and "public shaming" in their argument that jail time "is unnecessary to achieve the interests of justice".

The scandal raised questions about how ranking officials handled multiple reports that Sandusky acted inappropriately with young boys at Penn State facilities.

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Boccabella also criticized legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose 45-year career ended ignominiously with his firing days after Sandusky's 2011 indictment.

McQueary, who later became a Penn State assistant football coach, was sacked by the university in the wake of Sandusky's arrest in 2011.

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation".

"The single most important thing I can say is, 'Sorry, '" Spanier said.

The case hinged on coaching assistant Mike McQueary's claim that he witnessed Sandusky - a retired member of the coaching staff who ran a charity for youngsters - molesting a boy in the team showers in 2001. Schultz said: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".

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"I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims".

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor led investigators to approach McQueary.

Prosecutors said Spanier was a failure as a leader when it mattered most.

"Today's sentencings, which landed all three defendants behind bars, leaves no doubt that there are consequences for failing to protect children in Pennsylvania", state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement.

Penn State has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the scandal, and the football program suffered heavy NCAA sanctions.

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