Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

Ex-Penn St officials get jail terms in Sandusky abuse case


Penn State University former president Graham Spanier and former vice president Gary Schultz, along with former athletic director Tim Curley sentenced to jail tim and house arrest for child endangerment in the Sandusky scandal.

The 69-year-old Spanier's conviction came a week after former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment.

The prosecution's key evidence included notes and email exchanges in which Curley, Schultz and Spanier debated what to do after McQueary's report.

Graham Spanier, 68, once the nation's highest-paid public university president, was ordered incarcerated for four to 12 months with two years probation. Sandusky is now serving a 30- to-60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys, but is appealing.

All three were charged in 2011 after it was alleged that they failed to report a 2001 rape allegation involving Sandusky to police and child welfare officials.

They all apologized in the courtroom to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were handed down.

Graham Spanier, former Penn State Unmiversity president, in 2007.

After the incident, Spanier and other Penn State officials developed a plan to bar Sandusky from bringing other children to the campus and to inform officials at Sandusky's charity for at-risk children.

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"Why Mr. Sandusky was allowed to continue to use the Penn State facilities is beyond me".

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".

But they say Curley's forgetfulness during his testimony wasn't credible.

As a result, prosecutors said, the retired coach went on to victimize four more boys. But he also chided them for what he said was an inexcusable failure.

Penn State's football program suffered heavy sanctions from the NCAA, and the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs. He was dismissed as coach days after Sandusky was charged and died of cancer in 2012 at age 85.

McQueary testified about how he went to Paterno a day after the shower encounter to discuss what he had seen.

A state court previously dismissed more serious charges of perjury and obstruction after defense attorneys for Shultz, Curley and Spanier successfully argued that Penn State's in-house counsel improperly represented herself before the grand jury.

Both the judge and prosecutors Friday thrust blame onto Paterno himself.

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