Ex-Penn State Officials Get Jail Time For The Sandusky Scandal

Former Penn State University President, Graham Spanier, will serve two months in jail, with another 2 to 10 months under house arrest.

"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".

Sandusky is now serving a 30 to 60-year prison term after he was convicted of abusing 10 boys in 2012. Schultz and two other former university administrators were each sentenced Friday to at least two months in jail for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a decision that enabled the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys.

A graduate coaching assistant told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001.

Prosecutors said Curley and Schultz never called the police, even though they knew the accusations were similar to the allegations in the 1998 report. If he had ordered an investigation, it is "highly likely Spanier could have spared some if not all of the victims who were molested by Sandusky", Shapiro said.

The sentencing ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which broke in 2011 and led to the firing of Paterno. Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sandusky's arrest.

The judge said the men could serve a substantial portion of their punishment on home confinement with electronic monitoring - meaning just two months in jail each for Spanier and Schultz and three months for Curley. Penn State's former university counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, who the men thought was representing them personally, actually represented only the university and eventually testified against them in grand jury proceedings. Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor. Paterno, who was sacked in the aftermath of Sandusky's 2011 indictment and died of lung cancer months later, testified he thought McQueary witnessed something sexual, and he urged McQueary to report the incident to Curley.

Spanier apologized to the victims, the Penn State community and others impacted by his actions. In sentencing memos to the judge this week, prosecutors criticized Curley for the "astonishing" gaps in his memory.

Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children one week before they were set to go to trial on three felony charges. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

In addition, Spanier, Curley and Schultz each received two years' probation.

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

  • Larry Hoffman