Ex-Penn State officials receive jail time in Sandusky scandal

Three ex-Pennsylvania State University administrators were sentenced Friday to jail time and house arrest on child endangerment charges in connection with a years-old child molestation scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Former president Graham Spanier, ex-Vice President Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, a former Nittany Lions athletic director, were sentenced Friday, according to PennLive.

The judge said the men could serve a substantial portion of their punishment on home confinement with electronic monitoring - meaning just two months in jail each for Spanier and Schultz and three months for Curley. Former Penn State vice president Gary Schulz will also serve two months.

Spanier plans to appeal, the AP writes. He must also pay a $7,500 fine and complete a 200-hour community service requirement.

Prosecutors slammed all three men, saying they cared more about themselves than about protecting children. "All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to [Sandusky's] crimes when they had a chance to do so".

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

"Today's sentencings, which landed all three defendants behind bars, leaves no doubt that there are consequences for failing to protect children in Pennsylvania", state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement.

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Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, left, during a Penn State Media Day event in State College, Pa., on August 6, 1999. Boccabella said Paterno "could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty".

Sandusky is now appealing his 30-to-60 year sentence after being convicted for his long-term spree of child molestation. He died of cancer a short time later at age 85.

Curley and Schultz also told the court they were sorry they didn't do more. The judge said he was not convinced that Spanier was "totally responsible" for the failure to report Sandusky to authorities, noting that he had relied on the judgment of the other two men.

Prosecutors Laura Ditka and Patrick Schulte were seeking up to a year in jail for Spanier, arguing he was the one who ultimately decided not to report assistant coach Mike McQueary's 2001 shower-assault claim to child welfare authorities.

All three men apologized before Judge John Boccabella sentenced them.

"I find it really hard to believe he doesn't remember every detail of the most serious mistake he made in his life", Boccabella said of Curley.

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