Former Penn State president is sentenced to jail in Sandusky scandal
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 8:10
Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of seven to 23 months, with three in jail. He sentenced Curley to 7 to 23 months, with at least 3 months in jail, and a $5,000 fine; and Schultz to 6 to 23 months, with at least 2 months in jail, and a $5,000 fine.
Spanier has encountered such a punishment due to "endangering children by failing to report signs" that Sandusky was sexually abusing boys during his time at the university.
Spanier also got the chance to speak to the court after receiving his punishment on Friday. But he also chided the three for what he said was an inexcusable failure. Spanier was to address the court later.
"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation", Curley said.
Prosecutors said Curley and Schultz never called the police, even though they knew the accusations were similar to the allegations in the 1998 report.
"It sickens me to think that I might have played a part in children's suffering", Schultz said. "I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims".
All three of the former administrators also will have to serve 200 hours of community service and pay thousands of dollars in fines.
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.
Bill Oldsey, an alumni-elected member of Penn State's board of trustees and supporter of the three men, said the punishments were too harsh.
"Mr. Paterno, the legendary football coach, could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", the judge said.
Prosecutors said they had agreed not to recommend sentences for Curley and Schultz. But in documents filed on the eve of the sentencing, they assailed the two men over their testimony at Spanier's trial. But they say Curley's forgetfulness during his testimony wasn't credible.
The case hinged on coaching assistant Mike McQueary's claim that he witnessed Sandusky a retired member of the coaching staff who ran a charity for youngsters molesting a boy in the team showers in 2001. Spanier was convicted of hushing up suspected child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky in 2001, a decade before Sandusky was arrested for the serial molestation of young boys.