Three former Penn State administrators are going to jail for their part in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. Schultz and two other former school administrators are to be sentenced Friday on charges of child endangerment for failing to report a 2001 allegation about Jerry Sandusky to authorities in a child sex abuse scandal that first broke more than five years ago.
In addition, Schultz, the former university vice president, could serve a minimum of two months in jail and a maximum of 23 months; and Curley, the former university athletic director, could serve a minimum of three months in jail and maximum of 23 months.
The fallout from creep coach Jerry Sandusky's molestation conviction continues to taint Penn State University.
The defendants are "good people who made a bad mistake", the judge said. "Why no one made a phone call to police ... is beyond me", he said.
Prosecutors didn't recommend sentences for ex-athletic director Tim Curley and ex-vice president Gary Schultz.
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.
Boccabella sentenced Spanier to 4 to 12 months' confinement, with at least 2 months of that in jail followed by home confinement, and a $7,500 fine. The judge said he was not convinced that Spanier was "totally responsible" for the failure to report Sandusky to authorities, noting that he had relied on the judgment of the other two men.
Laura Ditka, a prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, says Spanier chose to "protect his reputation and the reputation of his friends and the reputation of the University above the well-being of some innocent children".
Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier at Friday's hearing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Spanier has also sued the university.
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.
Spanier, who arrived at the courthouse holding hands with his wife, Sandra, remained impassive throughout, and he and his lawyers declined to answer questions as they left.
"I find it really hard to believe he doesn't remember every detail of the most serious mistake he made in his life", Boccabella said of Curley.
Curley and Schultz were arrested in 2011, and Spanier in 2012.
"He did pick up the phone, and he did make that call", Paterno said.
Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children one week before they were set to go to trial on three felony charges.