Former Penn State Officials Sentenced to Prison in Sandusky Child Sex Abuse Case

Three former Penn State administrators were sentenced to serve time behind bars in the latest fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving ex-football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former Penn State officials Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and Graham Spanier were convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to prison on Friday for failing to notify authorities of allegations against Sandusky.

USA Today reports:

Schultz, the former university vice president, could serve a minimum of two months in jail and a maximum of 23 months. Curley, the former University athletic director, could serve a minimum of three months in jail and maximum of 23 months. And Spanier, the former university president, could serve a minimum of two months and a maximum of 12 months. All three are also poised to have house arrest after the jail time.

All three men received two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. In addition, Spanier was fined $7,500, while Schultz and Curley were fined $5,000.

Prosecutor Laura Ditka argued that Spanier elected to “protect his reputation and the reputation of his friends and the reputation of the University above the well-being of some innocent children.”

Judge John Boccabella also referred to the case as a “Shakespearean tragedy” and was dumbfounded by the administrator’s inaction. “These men are good people who made a terrible mistake. Why no one made a phone call to police … is beyond me,” Boccabella said. “All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to (Sandusky’s) crimes when they had a chance to do so.”

Spanier issued a statement of regret over his mishandling of the allegations, saying: “I deeply regret I didn’t intervene more forcefully.” His co-conspirators, Curley and Schultz, also told the court they were regretful they didn’t put an end to Sandusky’s indiscretions when they had the chance.

“I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation. I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake,” Curley said.

Schultz stated, “It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt. I’m sorry that I didn’t do more, and I apologize to the victims.”

The three men were charged in 2011 with keeping a 2001 allegation of sexual misconduct by Sandusky from police and child welfare officials.

Sandusky was later convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and sentenced in October 2012 to serve a 30 to 60-year prison term.

The scandal also led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno shortly after Sandusky’s arrest but died two months later of cancer at age 85.

Although Paterno had not been formally charged before his death, he had reportedly taken part in covering up allegations against Sandusky and feared public backlash if the complaints had been exposed.

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

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