Ex-Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

Schultz and Curley pled guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges in March.

Also sentenced Friday were former athletic director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz, who testified against Spanier in court.

Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months, the first two months to be served in prison, the rest under house arrest.

Prosecutors had been seeking nine to 18 months of incarceration, while defense attorneys had asked for probation and community service for Spanier, 68, citing his advanced age and health issues including prostate cancer and imminent open-heart surgery.

Sandusky, the football team's disgraced former defensive coordinator, was convicted and sent to prison almost five years ago for molesting 10 boys, many of them on Penn State's campus.

Graham Spanier was among three former school officials accused of covering up a 2001 complaint filed by then graduate student Michael McQueary, who said he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in the campus football showers.

Shapiro did not recommend a particular sentence for Curley and Schultz.

Two ex-Penn State officials have apologized to the sex abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky while awaiting sentencing for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against the ex-assistant football coach, allowing the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys for years.

"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.

Prosecutors reserved some of their harshest words for Spanier, with Laura Ditka saying he was "a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most".

Prosecutors say the men hushed up the allegation about Sandusky to protect the university's reputation.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz have maintained McQueary did not report having witnessed sexual activity.

Prosecutors also attacked Schultz, saying it defied common sense that he seemed unwilling to acknowledge the sexual nature of what McQueary reported, given what Schultz knew about the 1998 incident.

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

They all apologized in the courtroom to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were hand down. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

  • Larry Hoffman