Penn State ex-President Spanier, other administrators sentenced in Sandusky case

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and two other former administrators received jail time today for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's child abuse.

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

In a surprise, Spanier - the only one of the three to take his case to trial earlier this year - actually received the lightest sentence: four to 12 months, with the first two in jail and the remainder served under house arrest.

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. All three must also pay a fine and perform community service. He was acquitted of a second child endangerment charge and of one count of conspiracy. "All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to [Sandusky's] crimes when they had a chance to do so".

Sandusky wasn't arrested until a tip in 2011 led investigators to interview the shower witness.

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They all apologized in the courtroom to Sandusky's victims before the sentences were handed down.

Describing the case as a "Shakespearean tragedy", the judge also chided Paterno for failing to report the crimes, saying: "Paterno could've made that phone call without getting his hands dirty". Penn State's former university counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, who the men thought was representing them personally, actually represented only the university and eventually testified against them in grand jury proceedings.

Boccabella noted that others who were aware of McQueary's report, including McQueary and Paterno, could have called police.

Prosecutors strongly criticized all three men, particularly Spanier. He said Spanier "devoted a substantial part of his career to the welfare of children, youth, and families".

Sandusky, 73, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison after he was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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Curley and Schultz were arrested in 2011, and Spanier in 2012.

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.

The scandal led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno shortly after Sandusky's arrest, and he died of cancer two months later at the age of 85.

Jurors were shown emails that the prosecutors said showed the men hatched a plan to keep the matter quiet.

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