3 ex-Penn State officials sent to jail in Sandusky scandal

Posted June 03, 2017

Three former Penn State administrators will all spend time in jail for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The judge sentenced Spanier and the university's former vice president Gary Schultz to two months in jail while former athletic director Tim Curley got three months.

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. Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sandusky's arrest. He also received two years of probation, a $7,500 fine and must serve 200 hours of community service. But, Liddle said, "it is my hope that by spending some time behind bars, they not only will atone for their crimes, but will spend each day thinking about what they can do to make the world a safer place for children".

The scandal raised questions about how ranking officials handled multiple reports that Sandusky acted inappropriately with young boys at Penn State facilities.

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From his ouster after Sandusky's arrest in late 2011 through his trial this spring, Spanier insisted he was innocent and did not realize that Sandusky was a threat to children.

The three former Penn State officials all apologized for their actions and to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were handed down.

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

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. Sandusky was found guilty the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years while he appeals his conviction.

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Said Schultz: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt". Those men described McQueary's account to Spanier.

All three men apologized before Judge John Boccabella sentenced them. "Why no one made a phone call to police ... is beyond me", he said. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child".

Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier at Friday's hearing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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

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