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Former Penn State president gets jail time for failing to report Sandusky


Former university president Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were all convicted of child endangerment in the wake of the scandal surrounding the convicted serial child molester, who is now serving 30 to 60 years in prison. The other two, the university's former vice president and athletic director, both received similar sentences with less time under house arrest.

Former Vice President Gary Schultz, former President Graham Spanier and former Athletic Director Tim Curley will all spend at least two months in jail on child endangerment charges.

In their sentencing memo, prosecutors portrayed Spanier, who was once one of the most-respected higher education leaders in the country, as "the ultimate decision-maker when it came to reporting Sandusky". Former vice president Tim Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months' confinement, with at least three months in jail, and fined $5,000.

In March, a jury found Graham B. Spanier, the former president, guilty of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, and not guilty of two other charges.

Spanier said he regretted that “I did not intervene more forcefully.” Schultz said: “It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt.”.

BELLEFONTE, PA - OCTOBER 09: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on October 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is serving 30-to-60 years in prison.

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Spanier plans to appeal, the AP writes.

At the trial, McQueary testified that the conduct he saw in the locker room shower was sexual in nature and that he reported it to Paterno. They also noted that Spanier showed a "stunning lack of remorse of his victims" and said he chose "to protect his personal reputation and that of the university instead of the welfare of children". But, Liddle said, "it is my hope that by spending some time behind bars, they not only will atone for their crimes, but will spend each day thinking about what they can do to make the world a safer place for children". The head coach then notified Curley and Schultz, who discussed the matter with Spanier.

Paterno "could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", Boccabella said.

In an interview late Friday afternoon, Paterno's son, Jay, said he believed the judge's words misrepresented what actually happened.

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