Ex-Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

Ex-Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

Ex-Penn State officials face sentencing in Sandusky scandal

The sentence of two months in jail plus another two under house arrest against a once-leading figure in American higher education marks a low point in the largely distinguished career of Graham Spanier, who was Penn State's president from 1995 to 2011.

Ex-vice president Gary Schultz, 67, who supervised the campus police force, was ordered to serve six to 23 months behind bars and two years probation. Boccabella said Paterno "could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty".

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

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation", Curley said.

"These men are good people who made a bad mistake", the judge said. Schultz said: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt". "I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake".

Prosecutors say the men hushed up an allegation about Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a football team shower in 2001 to protect the university's reputation.

They reserved their harshest words for Spanier.

"Graham Spanier has already suffered severely through public shaming, loss of employment and significant reputational harm", his lawyer Samuel Silver said in a sentencing memorandum.

Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017.

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In a court filing unsealed Thursday, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office also assailed two one-time Penn State administrators for their testimony in Spanier's March trial after they pleaded guilty in the case.

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

Graham Spanier was among three former school officials accused of covering up a 2001 complaint filed by then graduate student Michael McQueary, who said he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in the campus football showers.

Sandusky, the football team's disgraced former defensive coordinator, was convicted and sent to prison almost five years ago for molesting 10 boys, many of them on Penn State's campus.

They all apologized in the courtroom to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were handed down. He was dismissed as coach days after Sandusky was charged and died of cancer in 2012 at age 85.

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. Paterno, who was sacked in the aftermath of Sandusky's 2011 indictment and died of lung cancer months later, testified he thought McQueary witnessed something sexual, and he urged McQueary to report the incident to Curley.

Both the judge and prosecutors Friday thrust blame onto Paterno himself.

"Spanier's sentence should make it loud and clear that the protection of the welfare Pennsylvania's children should never take a back seat to the reputation of one man ever again".

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