Former Penn State administrators sentenced to jail time in Sandusky case
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 22:51
Five years after former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison after being found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, the school's former president has finally received his punishment. Prosecutors say the delay enabled Sandusky to keep on molesting boys.
Graham Spanier, 68, was Penn State's president from 1995 to 2011. The judge said he was not convinced that Spanier was "totally responsible" for the failure to report Sandusky to authorities, noting that he had relied on the judgment of the other two men.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that emails show the officials considering, then rejecting, the idea of reporting Sandusky to the police.
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017.
Spanier was ordered Friday to spend at least two months in jail and another two on house arrest for endangering children by failing to report signs that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children.
Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63, and former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, each pleaded guilty. He was convicted of child endangerment. He will serve three months in jail followed by house arrest and pay a $5,000 fine.
Schultz got six to 23 months, and like Spanier, will spend two in jail.
They all apologized in the courtroom to Sanduskys victims before the sentences were hand down.
"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".
Curley and Schultz have said that McQueary never told them he had witnessed a sex crime and that McQueary had reported seeing Sandusky engaged only in "horseplay" with the child.
He was wrong. Four days after Sandusky's arrest on November 5, 2011, Spanier was sacked, along with legendary coach Joe Paterno.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz are to begin serving their sentences July 15, authorities said. The university has paid almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines, public relations and other costs stemming from the scandal. More than 100 of Paterno's victories were briefly erased from the record books.
In an interview late Friday afternoon, Paterno's son, Jay, said he believed the judge's words misrepresented what actually happened.
It is very rare for prosecutors to try to hold university leaders criminally liable for the misconduct of others, and the case is all the more remarkable for involving one of the nation's most prominent universities, and one of its most vaunted football programs. "Why no one made a phone call to police is beyond me". "Why he didn't is beyond me".
His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, and they argued for a sentence of probation rather than jail time. Schulte said, referring to the ex-athletic director.
Despite reaching plea agreements with the prosecution and testifying against Spanier in March, both Schultz and Curley maintained essentially the same defense they've stated for years.
Curley and Schultz were arrested in 2011, and Spanier in 2012.
"For them to bring that up and bring Joe Paterno into this, it's an abuse of their office", he said. She said his inaction "allowed children to be harmed".
The judge came down hardest on Curley, however, saying the sports department was his responsibility and questioning Curleys claims of memory lapses on the stand during Spaniers trial. "I deeply regret that I did not intervene more forcefully", he said.
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