Three former high-ranking Penn State officials, already convicted for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandals, received their sentences Friday afternoon. He will spend three months in jail followed by house arrest and a $5,000 fine.
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". Spanier was convicted of hushing up suspected child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky in 2001, a decade before Sandusky was arrested for the serial molestation of young boys.
A graduate coaching assistant told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001.
None of the school officials reported the incident to law enforcement or youth services. Paterno, who like the other administrators failed to alert authorities to the 2001 complaint, was never charged with a crime. Paterno was sacked but never charged with a crime; he died of lung cancer at age 85 two months after Sandusky's arrest.
Schultz got six to 23 months, and like Spanier, will spend two in jail. They pleaded guilty to related charges and testified at the trial of Spanier, who refused a plea deal.
Spanier had been convicted in a March jury trial of misdemeanor child endangerment for brushing a 2001 allegation about Sandusky's abuse under the rug. Schultz said: "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".
Two of the cases against Sandusky heavily involved Curley, Schultz and Spanier. "I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims", Schultz said.
Penn State has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, settlements and other costs associated with the scandal, and the football program suffered heavy NCAA sanctions.
As CNN notes, the 68-year-old Spanier also will be on probation for two years and must pay a $7,500 fine.
Curley and Schultz were arrested in 2011, and Spanier in 2012.
Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.
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.
"Mr. Paterno, the legendary football coach, could have made that phone call without so much as getting his hands dirty", the judge said.
Boccabella saved his strongest words for Spanier, Curley and Schultz - "pillars of the community", he said, who had won awards for their work but lacked the common sense to call authorities when they were given disturbing information about Sandusky. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child".