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Ex-Penn State President, Officials Get Jail Time in Sandusky Scandal

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    NBC10's Pamela Osborne reports that Graham Spanier could face a year in prison after being involved in the high profile cover up. (Published Friday, June 2, 2017)

    Three ex-Penn State officials are getting jail time for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities.

    Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, 68, and former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, will have to spend two months in jail. Former athletic director Tim Curley, 63, will spend three months in jail. The rest of their sentences will be served in house arrest.

    In 2001, a graduate coaching assistant told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001. But Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

    Sandusky wasn't arrested until a tip in 2011 led investigators to interview the shower witness. Sandusky is now serving a 30- to-60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys, but is appealing.

    AG: PSU Administrators 'Conspired in Silence'

    [NATL-PHI] AG: PSU Administrators 'Conspired in Silence'

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly files new criminal charges against three former Penn State administrators, accusing them of engaging in a conspiracy of silence to cover up the known child sex abuse acts of pedophile and assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Former PSU president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz are charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, lying to the grand jury, failing to report suspected child sex abuse and endangering the welfare of children.

    (Published Friday, June 2, 2017)

    Spanier, who was convicted at a jury trial, has said he plans to appeal. Curley and Schultz each pleaded guilty.

    Prosecutors say the men hushed up the allegation about Sandusky to protect the university's reputation.

    As a result, they said, the former assistant football coach went on to victimize more boys.

    All three men 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.

    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.

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    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.

    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 and Spanier debated what to do after McQueary's report.

    Ultimately, they agreed not to contact child welfare authorities. That decision formed the heart of the case against the administrators.