Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier Receives Jail Time

Three former Pennsylvania State University officials were sentenced to jail on Friday for covering up ex-coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual predations and effectively letting him victimize more boys.

On Friday, Judge John Boccabella said: "They ignored the opportunity to put an end to his crimes when they had a chance to do so".

Spanier - who was found guilty of misdemeanor child endangerment - was sentenced to 4 to 12 months in jail, with the first 2 behind bars and the rest on house arrest. Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months, with two months in jail and four months of house arrest.

The scandal led to the dismissal of head football coach Joe Paterno, who was never charged in the case.

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.

Boccabella said he was “appalled that the common sense to make a phone call did not occur, ” a transgression that “sort of robs my faith of who we are as adults and where we are going.”.

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In a court filing unsealed Thursday, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office also assailed two one-time Penn State administrators for their testimony in Spanier's March trial after they pleaded guilty in the case.

Curley, Schultz and Spanier denied they were told the encounter in the shower was sexual in nature.

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation".

After the sentencing was announced, Spanier said he was a victim of physical abuse himself.

He said Spanier "devoted a substantial part of his career to the welfare of children, youth, and families". "I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", he said, in a nod to Sandusky's victims. All have all been convicted of child endangerment in the case.

The judge said the men could serve a substantial portion of their punishment on home confinement with electronic monitoring - meaning just two months in jail each for Spanier and Schultz and three months for Curley.

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Former athletic director Timothy Curley, 63, was sentenced to seven to 23 months incarceration and two years probation. Prosecutors slammed all three men, saying they cared more about themselves than about protecting children.

She said he kept Penn State trustees in the dark about the Sandusky complaint and "he allowed children to be harmed".

The only motive for the men's silence, he said, appeared to be to protect Penn State's reputation. All could have done more, he said.

Prosecutors dropped more serious charges against Curley and Schultz as a result of their pleas, and agreed they would not recommend a sentence for them.

Sentencing for all three men is Friday in Dauphin County court.

Prosecutors Laura Ditka and Patrick Schulte were seeking up to a year in jail for Spanier, arguing he was the one who ultimately decided not to report assistant coach Mike McQueary's 2001 shower-assault claim to child welfare authorities. Sandusky is now serving a 30- to-60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys, but is appealing. He was convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year-period that started in the 1990s. Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sanduskys arrest.

The university has already paid out almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines and other costs stemming from the scandal. Schultz and Curley are mandated to pay $5,000 fines, and Spanier will pay $7,500.

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