Former Penn State president gets jail


Graham Spanier, who was Penn State's president from 1995-2011, was sentenced on Friday to two months in jail and two months of house arrest after his conviction in March on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Curley and Schultz have said that McQueary never told them he had witnessed a sex crime and that McQueary had reported seeing Sandusky engaged only in "horseplay" with the child. The prosecution pushed for 9 to 18 months in jail, while the defense lobbied the Judge for probation and community service. He also ordered Spanier to pay a $7,500 fine. Sandusky was found guilty the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

"It sickens me to think that I might have played a part in children's suffering", Schultz said.

Curley, Schultz and Spanier initially agreed on a plan to inform law enforcement, but then decided instead to bar Sandusky, who had retired in 1997, from bringing children onto campus, and inform Second Mile leadership of the incident.

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Sandusky's trial began in June 2012 and he pleaded not guilty.

Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier in 2010. Prosecutors with the state Attorney General's Office contended that he made a decision to bury a claim that Sandusky had been seen showering with a boy one night in a campus locker room in 2001, three years after police investigated a similar allegation against the assistant football coach.

While the judge in the sentencing, John Boccabella, had harsh words for the defendants, he also chided the late Joe Paterno.

Sandusky, the football team's disgraced former defensive coordinator, was convicted and sent to prison almost five years ago for molesting 10 boys, many of them on Penn State's campus.

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Spanier's lawyer argued against incarceration, saying his client suffers from advanced prostate cancer, a heart condition, depression and anxiety.

"It robs my faith in who we are as adults", the judge said, "and where we are going". 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". Paterno, who was sacked in the aftermath of Sandusky's 2011 indictment and died of lung cancer months later, testified he thought McQueary witnessed something sexual, and he urged McQueary to report the incident to Curley. His family has denied his role in any cover-up, though an independent investigation funded by Penn State alleged that the coach had knowledge of the suspicions surrounding Sandusky as early as 1998. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

In the 1998 case, a victim's mother called police and filed a report, saying her son had been inappropriately touched by Sandusky in the football locker room shower.

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