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

Several high-ranking officials and administrators at Penn State failed to report decades of assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse, and now, they're paying the price. Former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of seven to 23 months, with three in jail, while former former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to six to 23 months, with two months in jail. Former Penn State vice president Gary Schulz will also serve two months.

Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children one week before they were set to go to trial on three felony charges. Former athletic director Tim Curley will spend three months in jail.

Prosecutors slammed all three men, saying they cared more about themselves than about protecting children. He said Spanier "devoted a substantial part of his career to the welfare of children, youth, and families".

The sentencing comes about five and a half years after Sandusky, a longtime Penn State assistant, was indicted for child molestation.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are to begin serving their sentences July 15, authorities said.

"I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", Spanier told the court Friday. Prosecutors said that after McQueary recounted what he saw, the three administrators decided not to report it to authorities to protect the university's reputation.

"What was it about that conversation that made you change your mind?" As a result of the Sandusky case, the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs. Friday, Spanier indicated he will appeal the conviction.

Prosecutors reserved some of their harshest words for Spanier, with Chief Deputy Attorney General Laura Ditka saying he was "a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most".

The men were sentenced Friday. The head coach then notified Curley and Schultz, who discussed the matter with Spanier.

In sentencing memos, prosecutors accused Curley in particular of "astonishing" and unbelievable memory lapses on the witness stand.

"Mr. Paterno, the legendary football coach, could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", the judge said.

Despite reaching plea agreements with the prosecution and testifying against Spanier in March, both Schultz and Curley maintained essentially the same defense they've stated for years.

She said he kept Penn State trustees in the dark about the Sandusky complaint and "he allowed children to be harmed".

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