Former Penn State president is sentenced to jail in Sandusky scandal


Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State University and chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was sentenced to jail time Friday for his role in the child sex abuse case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Prosecutor Patrick Schulte said Curley at one point had drawn up a plan to report Sandusky to state authorities, but “something changed after talking to coach Paterno.”.

FILE - This file photo combination shows former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, right, and former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, in Harrisburg, Pa. Schultz, Curley and Spanier are scheduled to be sentenced for child endangerment Friday, June 2, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa., for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities in 2001.

"These men are good people who made a awful mistake", Boccabella said.

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

"Why no one made a phone call to the police ... is beyond me", Boccabella said.

But Spanier's attorney, Sam Silver, wrote the court that his client's conviction "will forever alter him and his family" no matter the sentence. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing boys he accessed through his Second Mile Charity for at-risk children.

In March, a jury found Graham B. Spanier, the former president, guilty of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, and not guilty of two other charges.

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Friday's long hearing capped what had been the controversial prosecution of top Penn State administrators who investigators said had a chance to stop a serial sex predator but instead chose to protect the school and their own reputations. "I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", he said, in a nod to Sandusky's victims. Spanier has also sued the university.

The sentencing ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which broke in 2011 and led to the firing of long-time football coach Joe Paterno. He said Spanier "devoted a substantial part of his career to the welfare of children, youth, and families".

Spanier's trial revolved around testimony by an ex-graduate coaching assistant, Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky molesting a boy in 2001.

Shapiro did not recommend a particular sentence for Curley and Schultz.

The judge also said others could have done more to stop or unmask Sandusky - including Paterno, who died in the weeks after Sandusky's arrest. "That is inexcusable", she said.

Boccabella saved his strongest words for Spanier, Curley and Schultz - "pillars of the community", he said, who had won awards for their work but lacked the common sense to call authorities when they were given disturbing information about Sandusky.

In addition, Spanier, Curley and Schultz each received two years' probation.