Former Penn State president gets jail time in Paterno scandal

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

Former university president Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were all convicted of child endangerment in the wake of the scandal surrounding the convicted serial child molester, who is now serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

The officials were charged for failing to go to law enforcement after being told in 2001 that a former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, had been seen molesting a boy in a locker room shower.

Spanier, whose total sentence was four to 12 months incarceration, will be on probation for two years and must pay a $7,500 fine, according to Joe Grace, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania's attorney general's office.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley are scheduled to be sentenced for child endangerment Friday, June 2, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa., for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Sandusky to authorities in 2001.

The fallout from creep coach Jerry Sandusky's molestation conviction continues to taint Penn State University. But he also chided them for what he said was an inexcusable failure. He was found guilty in March of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge John Boccabella summed up his remarks by calling the whole case "a Shakespearian tragedy", and characterized Spanier, Curley, and Schultz as "good men who made mistakes". "Why no one made a phone call to police is beyond me".

Spanier served as chancellor of UNL from 1991 until 1996. Former vice president Tim Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months' confinement, with at least three months in jail, and fined $5,000.

Spanier and Schultz were ordered to serve a minimum of two months in prison, and Curley three, for their collective decisions not to take a 2001 eyewitness account of misconduct by Jerry Sandusky to police or child welfare authorities.

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.”. "He made a choice to protect his reputation, the reputation of his friends and the reputation of the university above the well-being of these children".

Spanier's lawyers had argued that he should not get jail time, in part because of health problems.

In sentencing memos, prosecutors accused Curley in particular of "astonishing" and unbelievable memory lapses on the witness stand. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child".

"It robs my faith in who we are as adults", the judge said, "and where we are going".

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