Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Prosecutors seek jail time for ex-Penn State president

3 Penn State Officials Sentenced To Jail Time For Failure To Report Sandusky Abuse Former Penn State President, VP, Athletic Director All Sentenced to Jail Over Jerry Sandusky Case
Rickey Rodriguez | 08 June, 2017, 02:08

Spanier was ordered Friday to spend at least two months in jail and another two on house arrest for endangering children by failing to report signs that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children.

Schultz and Curley are facing a maximum 23-month sentence, while Spanier could spend up to one year in jail.

Spanier was given four to 12 months - two to be served in jail, the rest under house arrest.

Curley received the harshest penalty: seven to 23 months, with at least three in jail and four under house arrest. All three were convicted of misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

Spanier said he regretted that “I did not intervene more forcefully.” Schultz said: “It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt.”.

Sandusky, a former assistant coach in Penn State's football program, is serving a 30- to 60-year term in prison after he was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Sandusky, the football team's disgraced former defensive coordinator, was convicted and sent to prison almost five years ago for molesting 10 boys, many of them on Penn State's campus.

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

In 2001, a graduate assistant named Mike McQueary saw Sandusky abusing a boy and reported what he observed to head coach Joe Paterno, Schultz and Curley. Spanier has also sued the university.

Spanier's downfall came after he made a name for himself in the world of academia by successfully raising millions of dollars and transforming Penn State into one of the most well-respected state institutions.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017. The university has paid almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines, public relations and other costs stemming from the scandal. The officials denied that they were told at the time that the incident in the shower was overtly sexual. His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, and they argued for a sentence of probation rather than jail time.

Curley and Schultz were arrested in 2011, and Spanier in 2012.

"Graham Spanier has fallen from being one of the most highly-regarded leaders in American education to being associated with one of the worst episodes in the history of American education, and he will never get beyond that", Silver said in a memo to the court.

"Mr. Paterno, the legendary football coach, could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", the judge said.

The report date is likely final for Curley and Schultz, both of whom pleaded guilty earlier this winter.

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