Prosecutors seek jail time for ex-Penn State president

Today, three former Penn State University administrators received jail time for the role they played in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Either Spanier, former PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley, ex-vice president Gary Schultz, Paterno or McQueary - the man who claimed he saw Sandusky molesting a young boy in a university shower room - could stopped Sandusky with a single phone call to the cops, Boccabella said.

The three former Penn State officials all apologized for their actions and to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were handed down.

"These men are good people who made a awful mistake", the judge said on Friday.

The trio of former admins will begin their respective sentences on July 15.

Before his death, Paterno said, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

After being found guilty of a misdemeanor child endangerment charge earlier this year, Spanier was sentenced on Friday to two months in jail. He will serve two months in jail, followed by house arrest and also pay a $5,000 fine, according to Grace. 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.

Prosecutor Laura Ditka called him a "failure as a leader", saying he chose to protect his reputation over the well-being of innocent children. Paterno told Spanier and Curley about the incident but never went to police.

"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.

Then, in 2001, former assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified that he told Curley and Schultz that he'd witnessed Sandusky molesting a boy in the team shower facilities late one night.

The university has paid almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines, public relations and other costs stemming from the scandal.

The judge said he was impressed by Schultz's remorse when he imposed a 6- to 23-month jail term, of which Schultz will spend 4 months on house arrest. His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, and they argued for a sentence of probation rather than jail time. Schultz and two other former school administrators are to be sentenced Friday on charges of child endangerment for failing to report a 2001 allegation about Jerry Sandusky to authorities in a child sex abuse scandal that first broke more than five years ago.

The judge also said others could have done more to stop or unmask Sandusky - including Paterno, who died in the weeks after Sandusky's arrest.

Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.

  • Salvatore Jensen