Former Penn State president gets jail

RadarOnline.com has learned that the school's former president and two other former administrators were sentenced to jail today for failing to report the allegations that assistant football coach Sandusky was molesting young boys.

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 vice president Tim Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months' confinement, with at least three months in jail, and fined $5,000.

The sentences stem from the scandal, for which Sandusky is now serving a 30-to -60-year prison sentence.

Two ex-Penn State officials have apologized to the sex abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky while awaiting sentencing for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against the ex-assistant football coach, allowing the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys for years.

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.

The sentence is for his part in failing to tell police about a sexual abuse incident involving former Assisstant Footbal Coach, Jerry Sandusky.

In a sentencing memo filed in Dauphin County court, prosecutors said Spanier has "shown a stunning lack of remorse of his victims" and called for him to be punished for "choosing to protect his personal reputation and that of the university instead of the welfare of children". Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sanduskys arrest.

A week before the trial was scheduled to begin in March, Curley and Schultz agreed to plead guilty and testify against their former boss.

"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.

"These men are good people who made a bad mistake", the judge said.

"He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most", prosecutor Laura Ditka said.

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor led investigators to approach McQueary.

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.

"Mr. Paterno, the legendary football coach, could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", the judge said. Sandusky wasn't arrested until 2011.

Two of the cases against Sandusky heavily involved Curley, Schultz and Spanier. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

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