Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

3 ex-Penn State officials sent to jail in Sandusky scandal

Two ex-Penn State officials have apologized to the sex abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky while awaiting sentencing for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against the ex-assistant football coach, allowing the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys for years.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017. Friday, Curley was sentenced to 7-23 months, with three of those months to be served in jail and four under house arrest; Schultz was sentenced to 6-23 months, with two of those months to be served in jail and four under house arrest; and Spanier was sentenced to 4-12 months, with two of those months to be served in jail and two under house arrest. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

A week before the trial was finally set to begin in March, Curley and Schultz agreed to plead guilty and testify against their former boss. But he also chided them for what he said was an inexcusable failure.

The case hinged on coaching assistant Mike McQueary's claim that he witnessed Sandusky — a retired member of the coaching staff who ran a charity for youngsters — molesting a boy in the team showers in 2001. Still ongoing are lawsuits involving the university and Paterno's family, the NCAA, Spanier and Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who oversaw the school's damning internal investigation into the case. Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor. Curley was handed down a seven to 23 months sentence, with the first three months to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest.

"It sickens me to think I might have played a part in children getting hurt", Schultz told the judge.

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Spanier's attorney has said the former president intends to appeal his conviction.

In a particularly combative turn at the stand for a prosecution witness, Curley testified that he didn't remember numerous pivotal conversations that led up to the 2001 decision, including his conversations with Paterno.

The judge also said others could have done more to stop or unmask Sandusky - including Paterno, who died in the weeks after Sandusky's arrest. "Why no one made a phone call to beyond me".

The 63-year-old Curley and 67-year-old Schultz told the judge Friday they were sorry they didn't do more. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child".

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