Former Penn State president gets jail time for failing to report Sandusky

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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley are scheduled to be sentenced for child endangerment Friday, June 2, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa., for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Sandusky to authorities in 2001.

Sandusky is appealing his sentence, and Spanier said he also planned to appeal.

Boccabella also criticized legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose 45-year career ended ignominiously with his firing days after Sandusky's 2011 indictment. "Why he didn't is beyond me", Boccabella said.

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

Spanier was chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1991-95.

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor.

In a statement he read to the judge, Spanier apologized to the victims, the Penn State community, and others impacted by his actions.

"I deeply regret that I did not intervene more forcefully", said Spanier, who did not testify at his trial.

"What was it about that conversation that made you change your mind?"

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.

Reaction after the sentencing reflected the divisiveness of the case.

Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte also pointed a finger at Paterno for the cover-up itself, saying the trio of administrators had meant to report Sandusky to child welfare officials until they met with Paterno after the shower incident. All have all been convicted of child endangerment in the case.

Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.

Pennsylvania's attorney general said the verdict "leaves no doubt that there are consequences for failing to protect children in Pennsylvania".

Spanier, Schultz and Curley were found guilty of the charges in March, when prosecutors determined they knew of Sandusky molesting boys on Penn State's campus for many years but, along with head football coach Joe Paterno, declined to alert authorities.

A graduate coaching assistant told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001.

"He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered the most", Ditka said at Friday's hearing. "And that is inexcusable". But Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

They reserved their harshest words for Spanier. Spanier never met with McQueary, and heard about the incident through Curley and Schultz.

In the emails, Shultz, Curley and Spanier allegedly discussed plans to tell Sandusky to seek professional help. Spanier received a four- to 12-month jail sentence and can serve two months in prison and another two on house arrest, according to the report. Former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was given six to 23 months, with two months behind bars.

In a particularly combative turn at the stand for a prosecution witness, Curley testified that he didn't remember numerous pivotal conversations that led up to the 2001 decision, including his conversations with Paterno.

All three men apologized before Judge John Boccabella sentenced them. Schultz said: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".

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.

Paterno "could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", Boccabella said.

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