Ex-PSU President Sentenced for Failing to Report Sandusky
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 11:47
He served for 16 years as president of Penn State, until he was forced out in 2011, earning a reputation as a skilled, energetic administrator who sometimes went too far in stifling criticism of the university. Sandusky was found guilty the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years while he appeals his conviction.
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.
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017.
For almost six years, the case has roiled Penn State and its supporters, stirring conversations and changes across college campuses and their athletic programs.
Prosecutors with the state attorney general's office contended he made a decision to bury a claim that Sandusky had been seen showering with a boy in a campus locker room in 2001, three years after police had investigated a similar allegation about Sandusky.
Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) and two other former school administrators are facing sentencing for child endangerment for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities.
The judge said, "All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to Sandusky's crimes when they had a chance to do so".
"These men are good people who made a awful mistake", said Judge John Boccabella, a former senior judge from Berks County who came out of retirement to preside over the trial.
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and former vice president Gary Schultz will have to spend two months in jail. He was convicted of child endangerment. "Former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to 6 to 23 months, with two months behind bars".
Boccabella also sentenced two other university officials who had pleaded guilty and testified against Spanier.
The three are to report to jail July 15.
They all apologized in the courtroom to Sanduskys victims before the sentences were hand down.
"It sickens me to think that I might have played a part in children's suffering", Schultz said. Prosecutors said that after McQueary recounted what he saw, the three administrators decided not to report it to authorities to protect the universitys reputation.
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor led investigators to approach McQueary.
Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier, 68, with sentencing guidelines calling for up to a year in prison. 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 Paternos victories were briefly erased from the record books.