Former Penn State President Graham Spanier Gets Jail Time In Sandusky Case

The sentences marked one of the final rulings from the criminal justice system on the shocking saga of missed opportunities to stop a sexual predator associated with one of America's most storied college football programs.

Of the three men, Spanier received the lightest sentence - four to 12 months, with at least two months in jail and two more under house arrest.

Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63, and former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, each pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

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.

The fallout from creep coach Jerry Sandusky's molestation conviction continues to taint Penn State University. From his ouster after Sandusky's arrest in late 2011 through his trial this spring, the former president insisted he was innocent and didn't realize that Sandusky, the longtime assistant to head football coach Joe Paterno, was a threat to children. Paterno, who like the other administrators failed to alert authorities to the 2001 complaint, was never charged with a crime. "Why he didn't is beyond me".

Spanier apologized to the victims, the Penn State community and others impacted by his actions.

"I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", Spanier told the court Friday.

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation".

"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".

The men were sentenced Friday.

Laura Ditka, the deputy state attorney general who was the lead prosecutor in the case, said Spanier had chosen to protect his and Penn State's reputations, rather than protect children. Four of the initial 52 charges were dropped, but he was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Spanier had also been accused of conspiracy, but a jury acquitted him on that charge.

The sentence of two months in jail plus another two under house arrest against a once-leading figure in American higher education marks a low point in the largely distinguished career of Graham Spanier, who was Penn State's president from 1995 to 2011.

Following this, Spanier and Curley were charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, failure to report suspected child abuse, and other related charges.

The university has already paid out almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines and other costs stemming from the scandal. He will serve two months in jail, followed by house arrest and also pay a $5,000 fine, according to Grace. Both testified McQueary did not tell them he had witnessed Sandusky molesting a boy.

Curley and Schultz also spoke out following their sentencing. In sentencing memos to the judge this week, prosecutors criticized Curley for the "astonishing" gaps in his memory.

"I'm sorry to the men who were victimized by Jerry Sandusky".

  • Leroy Wright