Former Penn State administrators sentenced in connection with Sandusky abuse


Curley was sentenced to 7 to 23 months (the first 3 months in jail, the rest under house arrest), 200 hours of community service and $5,000 in fines.

Spanier was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child endangerment, while?Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children.

Sandusky, 73, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison after he was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. But he chided the three - and others connected to the scandal, including the late coach Joe Paterno - for what he said was an inexcusable failure. "His "forgetfulness" also allowed him to save face in a room full of supporters who publicly called this trial a "witch hunt" and fraudulent prosecution". "Why he didn't is beyond me".

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017.

"I deeply regret that I did not intervene more forcefully", Spanier said.

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation", Curley said. "I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake", Curley said.

"The single most important thing I can say is, 'Sorry, '" Spanier said. Those men described McQueary's account to Spanier.

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Laura Ditka, the deputy state attorney general who was the lead prosecutor in the case, said Spanier had chosen to protect his and Penn State's reputations, rather than protect children. All three are also poised to have house arrest after the jail time.

The three men initially faced more serious charges, including obstruction of justice and perjury, that an appeals court dismissed in 2016 with a ruling the men had been improperly represented during grand jury testimony.

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

Penn State has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the scandal, and the football program suffered heavy NCAA sanctions.

Judge John Boccabella called the case against Spanier, 68, "a Shakespearean tragedy" and questioned why none of the defendants called police, report the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and in stories here and here. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

In sentencing memos, prosecutors accused Curley in particular of "astonishing" and unbelievable memory lapses on the witness stand.