Sentencing Day for Ex-Penn State Administrators


Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was sentenced Friday for his involvement in the 2011 Jerry Sandusky scandal with his penalty ranging from 4-9 months, with two months to be served behind bars and two more to be served under house arrest.

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

Spanier, who was found guilty in March of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, will spend two months incarcerated, followed by another two under house arrest.

Prosecutors had been seeking nine to 18 months of jail for Spanier, while defense attorneys had asked for probation and community service, citing his advanced age and health issues that include prostate cancer and imminent open-heart surgery.

Sandusky, 73, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison on his 2012 conviction of molesting 10 boys in and around Penn State facilities.

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

Speaking in court before they were sentenced, Curley and Schultz sobbed as they apologized to the victims, saying they should have done more.

Each was charged for their handling of a 2001 report by former Penn State football assistant Mike McQueary of seeing Jerry Sandusky with a boy in a locker room shower.

After pleading, Curley and Schultz testified for the prosecution at Spanier's trial.

"They ignored the opportunity to put an end to his crimes when they had a chance to do so", Judge John Boccabella said as he lambasted the three defendants and the Hall of Fame coach over a delay that prosecutors say enabled Sandusky to molest four more boys.

Sentencing for all three men is Friday in Dauphin County court.

Sandusky was not arrested until a tip in 2011 led investigators to interview the shower witness.

"Spanier was the ultimate decision-maker when it came to reporting Sandusky", prosecutors wrote, adding that "nothing short of a sentence that includes a period of jail time" would be appropriate.

"He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most", said Laura Ditka, a state prosecutor.

Curley and Schultz have said that McQueary never told them he had witnessed a sex crime and that McQueary had reported only seeing Sandusky engaged in "horseplay" with the child.

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".