Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

3 ex-Penn State officials sent to jail in Sandusky scandal

Robert Mueller 3 ex-Penn State officials sent to jail in Sandusky scandal
Stacy Diaz | 04 June, 2017, 03:49

But Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State University and chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was sentenced to jail time Friday for his role in the child sex abuse case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

All three were convicted of misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

Spanier and Schultz were ordered to serve a minimum of two months in prison, and Curley three, for their collective decisions not to take a 2001 eyewitness account of misconduct by Jerry Sandusky to police or child welfare authorities. Curley, 63, received three months in jail and four months of house arrest.

Schultz got six to 23 months, and like Spanier, will spend two in jail. The rest of their sentences will be served in house arrest. Paterno, who like the other administrators failed to alert authorities to the 2001 complaint, was never charged with a crime. While this closes a section of the story, I doubt this is the last we'll hear about it. Sandusky is serving 30-to-60 years in prison.

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

"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt. I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake", Curley said.

Spanier also plans to appeal.

In handing down the sentence in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, Judge John Boccabella said, "This is a Shakespearean tragedy; this is a fall from grace that is both unfortunate and well deserved".

A week before the trial was finally set to begin in March, Curley and Schultz agreed to plead guilty and testify against their former boss. Still ongoing are lawsuits involving the university and Paterno's family, the NCAA, Spanier and Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who oversaw the school's damning internal investigation into the case. But he also chided the three for what he said was an inexcusable failure. Sandusky wasn't arrested until 2011.

Two of the cases against Sandusky heavily involved Curley, Schultz and Spanier. The head coach then notified Curley and Schultz, who discussed the matter with Spanier.

Since Sandusky's conviction, Penn State has paid more than $90 million to settle civil claims filed by accusers.