Ex-Penn State administrators get jail time

The former president of Penn State University and two other former administrators were sentenced to jail terms Friday for failing to report a 2001 allegation that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys. The three men were all found guilty of misdemeanor child endangerment, and via the Philadelphia Inquirer, here are the details on this breaking news.

Judge John Boccabella also sentenced Spanier to pay a $7,500 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.

"Spanier's sentence should make it loud and clear that the protection of the welfare Pennsylvania's children should never take a back seat to the reputation of one man ever again".

In addition, Schultz, the former university vice president, could serve a minimum of two months in jail and a maximum of 23 months; and Curley, the former university athletic director, could serve a minimum of three months in jail and maximum of 23 months.

Graham Spanier, once the nation's highest paid public school president, and two other former Penn State officials are due to be sentenced on Friday on child endangerment charges in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in Harrisburg.

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

Spanier also got the chance to speak to the court after receiving his punishment on Friday. He was dismissed as coach days after Sandusky was charged and died of cancer in 2012 at age 85.

As a result, they said, the former assistant football coach went on to victimize more boys.

Spanier said he regretted that "I did not intervene more forcefully".

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

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"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".

"The single most important thing I can say is, 'Sorry, '" Spanier said. "I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake".

Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier, 68, with sentencing guidelines calling for up to a year in prison.

The judge also criticized the actions of the late head football coach, Joe Paterno, who like the other administrators failed to alert child-welfare authorities or police to the 2001 complaint, but was never charged with a crime.

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous tip led prosecutors to investigate.

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"You probably made the most glaring error because this was your building (as athletic director) and you had one thing to oversee", Boccabella told Curley. Prosecutors said that after McQueary recounted what he saw, the three administrators decided not to report it to authorities to protect the university's reputation.


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