Ex-Penn State administrators get jail time


Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Dauphin County for his conviction of failing to protect children from convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.

Of the three men, Spanier received the lightest sentence - four to 12 months, with at least two months in jail and two more under house arrest.

Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are to be sentenced later Friday for failing to alert authorities to the allegation against Sandusky.

Spanier was sentenced to serve at least two months in jail followed by another two months under home confinement.

The case also badly damaged the reputation of Joe Paterno, the revered head football coach, who was accused of knowing about allegations against Sandusky. Many described the closeness they had with their respective administrator, using words like "selfless", "compassionate", and "caring".

At the center was Spanier, who once ranked among the nation's most prominent and longest-serving university leaders. All have all been convicted of child endangerment in the case. He will spend three months in jail followed by house arrest and a $5,000 fine. Spanier's attorneys have said they plan to appeal his conviction. Sentencing guidelines call for up to a year in prison.

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Silver recommended probation and community service, noting that more than 200 letters from college presidents, deans, professors, clergy members and others were submitted in support of Spanier.

All three men were negligent in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal for failing to report former Nittany Lions assistant Mike McQueary informing them of seeing Sandusky abusing a young boy in the shower.

Spanier, 69, went to trial and was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment in March after a five-year prosecution.

"It sickens me to think that I might have played a part in children's suffering", Schultz said.

When given the opportunity to speak, Schultz cried as he apologized to the victims of the scandal and said he was sorry he didn't do more.

Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after a prosecutor got an anonymous email tip. Schultz testified that Spanier was made aware of McQueary's report and the 1998 investigation against Sandusky. She said his inaction "allowed children to be harmed".