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Ex-Penn State officials receive jail time in Sandusky scandal

03 June, 2017, 07:29 | Author: Melody Ballard

Three former Penn State administrators will go to jail after being sentenced in connection with the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The other two, the university's former vice president and athletic director, both received similar sentences with less time under house arrest.

Curley received a seven- to 23-month sentence and can serve four months under house arrest.

After being found guilty of a misdemeanor child endangerment charge earlier this year, Spanier was sentenced on Friday to two months in jail.

A judge ordered Curley to spend 7 to 23 months in jail followed by 2 years probation.

In sentencing all three men for child endangerment, Judge John Boccabella in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas also harshly criticized the late, revered football coach Joe Paterno for failing to alert authorities.

"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt". Sandusky is now serving a 30- to-60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys, but is appealing.

Two ex-Penn State officials have apologized to the sex abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky while awaiting sentencing for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against the ex-assistant football coach, allowing the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys for years.

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

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

A graduate coaching assistant said he told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001. As a result of the Sandusky case, the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs.

Boccabella said he was not convinced that Spanier was "totally responsible" for the failure to report Sandusky to authorities, noting that he relied on the judgement of his aides. Still, his lawyer has indicated he will appeal the verdict, which is likely to delay any jail time. Penn State's former university counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, who the men thought was representing them personally, actually represented only the university and eventually testified against them in grand jury proceedings. The emails the men exchanged in 2001 - in which Curley suggested changing the plan and Spanier agreed - formed the core of the prosecution's case.

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

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

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

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