Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Prosecutor urges jail for Penn State ex-president in sex abuse scandal

Prosecutor urges jail for Penn State ex-president in sex abuse scandal

Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months' incarceration and two years' probation.

Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators, including former president Graham Spanier, were each sentenced to serve at least two months in jail Friday for failing to alert law enforcement about a 2001 incident involving retired football coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy in a campus shower.

"These men are good people who made a awful mistake", the judge said.

Prosecutors said state sentencing guidelines indicate that Spanier should get up to a year in jail for his child endangerment conviction.

A jury in March convicted Spanier of child endangerment.

The prosecutors declined to recommend a sentence for Curley or Schultz, but said, "Nothing short of a sentence that includes a period of jail time would be an appropriate sentence for Graham Spanier". But Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

The three are to report to jail July 15. At least four victims at Sandusky's trial said they were molested after 2001.

"I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", Spanier said upon making his apology.

Sandusky, a former assistant coach in Penn State's football program, is serving a 30- to 60-year term in prison after he was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. But he also chided them for what he said was an inexcusable failure.

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Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor.

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. More than 100 of Paterno's victories were briefly erased from the record books.

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

The sentencing ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which broke in 2011 and led to the firing of long-time football coach Joe Paterno.

"Why no one made a phone call to the police ... is beyond me", Boccabella said. “Why he didnt is beyond me.”.

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". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

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

But for the digital evidence that demonstrated these men knew about Sandusky's reprehensible and illegal behavior, they would not be going to jail and most likely would be able to continue their professional careers.

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