Penn State’s former president sentenced to jail for role in Sandusky scandal
Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley who pleaded guilty to child endangerment, will serve three months in jail and then will be under house arrest, while former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz will serve two months in jail for their roles in the Sandusky cover-up.
Said Schultz: “It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt”. At least four victims at Sandusky’s trial said they were molested after 2001.
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, a decade later. Schultz and two other former school administrators are to be sentenced Friday on charges of child endangerment for failing to report a 2001 allegation about Jerry Sandusky to authorities in a child sex abuse scandal that first broke more than five years ago.
Spanier’s trial revolved around testimony by an ex-graduate coaching assistant, Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky molesting a boy in 2001.
“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.
In this May 2014 file photo, former Penn State President Graham Spanier walks from a hearing before a Superior Court panel at City Hall in Philadelphia.
Spanier’s downfall came after he made a name for himself in the world of academia by successfully raising millions of dollars and transforming Penn State into one of the most well-respected state institutions.
Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.
“I’m not so sure that you were totally responsible for the lack of action”, Boccabella said. “Why he didn’t is beyond me”, Boccabella said.
In March, Spanier was found guilty of one count of endagering the welfare of a child.
“He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most”, said Laura Ditka, a state prosecutor.
Speaking in court before they were sentenced, Curley and Schultz sobbed as they apologized to the victims, saying they should have done more. 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.
Two of the cases against Sandusky heavily involved Curley, Schultz and Spanier.
Bill Oldsey, an alumni-elected member of Penn State’s board of trustees and supporter of the three men, said the punishments were too harsh. In sentencing memos to the judge this week, prosecutors criticized Curley for the “astonishing” gaps in his memory. Prosecutors say the delay enabled Sandusky to keep on molesting boys.
Boccabella noted that others who were aware of McQueary’s report, including McQueary and Paterno, could have called police.
In an interview late Friday afternoon, Paterno’s son, Jay, said he believed the judge’s words misrepresented what actually happened.
They suggested that Curley was purposely forgetful, and that it defied common sense that Schultz seemed unwilling to acknowledge the sexual nature of the allegation about Sandusky.