Ex-Penn State administrators get jail time
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:39
This story will be updated as new information becomes available. All three must also pay a fine and perform community service. Curley received a sentence of 7 to 23 mont. Spanier was also a fascinating character: He studied sociology and wrote papers about mate-swapping and extramarital behavior, which made for entertaining reading for students.
Spanier's four-day trial revolved around a complaint by a graduate coaching assistant, Mike McQueary, who has testified that he told Penn State officials - including the late football coach Joe Paterno - about seeing Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a team shower in 2001. He was convicted of child endangerment.
Spanier said he regretted that "I did not intervene more forcefully".
What was it about that conversation that made you change your mind? Schulte said, addressing the ex-athletic director.
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. "I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims", Schultz said.
The initial conspiracy and endangerment case against Spanier and the two other administrators had languished for years, managed through multiple Pennsylvania attorneys general and dissected and reshaped by appellate court decisions. Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sandusky's arrest. Still, his lawyer has indicated he will appeal the verdict, which is likely to delay any jail time.
Prosecutors argued that the staffers failed as leaders and cared more about themselves and the school's image than protecting the children. Still, he told Spanier, "the buck stops on your desk, that's why you're here".
Spanier, who arrived at the courthouse holding hands with his wife, Sandra, remained impassive throughout, and he and his lawyers declined to answer questions as they left. Schultz, 67, was handed the same punishment as Spanier.
Jurors were shown emails that the prosecutors said showed the men hatched a plan to keep the matter quiet.
Prosecutors said Curley and Schultz never called the police, even though they knew the accusations were similar to the allegations in the 1998 report.
Former athletic director Timothy Curley, 63, was sentenced to seven to 23 months incarceration and two years probation.
Ex-president Graham Spanier, 68, got a sentence of 4 to 12 months, with the first two to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest. He will spend three months in jail followed by house arrest and a $5,000 fine.
Despite testifying for the government, Curley still received the harshest sentence of the three.
The judge still ordered him to jail. Schultz said: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, a decade later. She said his inaction "allowed children to be harmed". "He was an adult". His father, he said, notified his superiors, as required under state law and university policy.