Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, [right], with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, [left]9. Prosecutors say the late head coach was aware of the predilections of his long-term defensive coordinator, but chose to keep a lid on the scandal for glory on the field.
Ex-president Graham Spanier, 68, got a sentence of 4 to 12 months, with the first two to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest.
Former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to 6 to 23 months, with two months behind bars. While former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of 7 to 23 months, with three in jail.
The judge also criticized the actions of the late head football coach, Joe Paterno, who in collusion with the other administrators failed to alert child-welfare authorities or police to the 2001 complaint. Paterno resigned in disgrace from the school in 2012, but was never charged with a crime. he died shortly afterwards.
Paterno ‘could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty. Why he didn’t is beyond me,’ Boccabella said.
The three former Penn State officials all apologized for their actions and to Sandusky’s victims before the sentences were handed down.
Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz: To spend at least two out of a 23 month sentence in jail for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against former football defensive coach Jerry Sandusky
‘I deeply regret that I did not intervene more forcefully,’ Spanier said
Curley and Schultz also told the court they were sorry they didn’t do more.
‘I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation. I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake,’ Curley said.
Said Schultz: ‘It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt. I’m sorry that I didn’t do more, and I apologize to the victims.’
Prosecutors slammed all three men, saying they cared more about themselves than about protecting children.
They reserved their harshest words for Spanier.
‘He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most,’ said Laura Ditka, a state prosecutor.
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley was ordered to spend three out of his 23 month sentence in jail for his role in the Jerry Sandusky abuse cover up. The judge singled him out for a severe dressing down on the matter
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley [left], seen with Coach Joe Paterno both of whom were indicted for botching the handling of the Sandusky abuse case
She said he kept Penn State trustees in the dark about the Sandusky complaint and ‘he allowed children to be harmed.’
The three men were accused of hushing up a 2001 allegation about Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a football team shower to protect the university’s reputation.
As a result, prosecutors said, the retired coach went on to victimize four more boys.
All three men have denied they were told the encounter in the shower was sexual in nature.
Prosecutors dropped more serious charges against Curley and Schultz as a result of their pleas, and agreed they would not recommend a sentence for them. But in documents filed on the eve of the sentencing, they assailed the two men over their testimony at Spanier’s trial.
Legendary coach Paterno knew all along Sandusky was ‘serially’ abusing little boys
Former Penn State defensive cordinator, Jerry Sandusky eventually admitted to ‘showering and horsing around’ with boys in November 2011. He is seen here after his sentencing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania October 9, 20121
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.
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.
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor led investigators to approach McQueary. Sandusky was found guilty the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years while he appeals his conviction. At least four victims at Sandusky’s trial said they were molested after 2001.
Jeffrey Sandusky, convicted paedophile coach Jerry Sandusky’s 41-year-old son charged with sexually assaulting a child
Jerry Sandusky [right], shares a laugh with linebacker Brandon Short  at media day in August 1999. Coach Paterno is in the background
The erstwile ‘untouchable’ caoch Sandusky is carried off the field after a victory in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M in 1999
Coach Joe Paterno allegedly knew for years that his defensive coordinator, Jerry sandusky, was abusing little boys
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.
The Hall of Fame coach was never charged with a crime, but a report commissioned by the university concluded he was part of an effort to keep a lid on the allegations against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity.
Penn State’s football program suffered heavy sanctions from the NCAA, and the university has paid out nearly a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs.
McQueary testified about how he went to Paterno a day after the shower encounter to discuss what he had seen. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later. In his 2011 grand jury testimony, Paterno said he was told by McQueary the encounter involved ‘fondling’ and was of ‘a sexual nature,’ but wasn’t sure what the act was.
The prosecution’s key evidence included notes and email exchanges in which Curley, Schultz