Former Penn State president gets jail time in Paterno scandal

After being found guilty of a misdemeanor child endangerment charge earlier this year, Spanier was sentenced on Friday to two months in jail. Former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of seven to 23 months, with three in jail, while former former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to six to 23 months, with two months in jail. Curley's sentence was the most severe, as he must serve three months in prison followed by four months of house arrest.

He was wrong. Four days after Sandusky's arrest on November 5, 2011, Spanier was sacked, along with legendary coach Joe Paterno.

Spaniers is also on the hook for two years of probation and $7,500 in fines.

Three former Penn State University officials were sentenced to serve time in prison Friday for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky sex assault case.

Prosecutors said Sandusky went on to sexually abuse other youths after Spanier failed to tell police about a report that Sandusky had molested a boy in a locker room shower in 2001.

At the center was Spanier, the 69-year-old who once ranked among the nation's most prominent and longest-serving university leaders.

Curley and Schultz each pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

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. He will serve two months in jail, followed by house arrest and also pay a $5,000 fine, according to Grace.

Prosecutors slammed all three men, saying they cared more about themselves than about protecting children.

"I find it really hard to believe he doesn't remember every detail of the most serious mistake he made in his life", Boccabella said of Curley.

Spanier's trial revolved around testimony by an ex-graduate coaching assistant, Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky molesting a boy in 2001. Laura Ditka, a prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, says Spanier chose to "protect his reputation and the reputation of his friends and the reputation of the University above the well-being of some innocent children".

The scandal led to Paterno's firing in November 2011, and he died of cancer two months later at the age of 85. Those men described McQueary's account to Spanier.

All three men denied they were told the encounter in the shower was sexual in nature.

In sentencing memos, prosecutors accused Curley in particular of "astonishing" and unbelievable memory lapses on the witness stand. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child".

But Spanier came under criticism for what detractors said was his misperception of the world outside academia and his failure to understand the implications of the Sandusky scandal when it broke.

  • Larry Hoffman