2 Penn St. ex-administrators plead guilty in sex abuse case

2 Penn St. ex-administrators plead guilty in sex abuse case

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two former Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanour child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno.

Ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university Vice-President Gary Schultz originally were charged with felonies. The reduced charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was also charged in the scandal. The case against him appears to be moving forward, with jury selection set for next week.

The three handled a 2001 complaint by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, a retired member of the coaching staff, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities but told Sandusky he could not bring children onto the campus anymore.

Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later. He was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

Shortly after Sandusky’s arrest, Paterno was fired over his handling of the matter. Paterno, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, died of lung cancer a few months later at age 85. He was never charged with a crime.

Schultz and Curley were arrested in 2011, Spanier in 2012.

The three former administrators at Penn State’s flagship campus in State College had also faced charges of conspiracy. Each felony count carried the possibility of seven years in prison.

Their case dragged on for years because of a dispute about their representation by Penn State’s chief counsel during a grand jury appearance. That fight led a court to throw out several charges, including perjury and obstruction.

Penn State’s costs related to the Sandusky scandal are approaching a quarter-billion dollars.

That includes a recent $12 million verdict in the whistleblower and defamation case brought by Mike McQueary, the former graduate coaching assistant whose testimony helped convict Sandusky in 2012.

The university has also paid $93 million in settlements with 33 people who claimed they were sexually abused by Sandusky. In addition, the NCAA fined Penn State $48 million, which is now going toward anti-child-abuse efforts in Pennsylvania.

The NCAA imposed other heavy sanctions against the football program over the scandal, cutting scholarships, barring the team from post-season play, and stripping Penn State and Paterno of 112 victories dating to 1998. The NCAA later eased its penalties, including restoring the wins.

McQueary went to Paterno’s home a day after the shower encounter to discuss what he had seen. Paterno alerted Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.

It was not until nine years later that an anonymous email sent to a district attorney led investigators to approach McQueary in the case.

Mark Scolforo And Marc Levy, The Associated Press

Just Posted

Looking Back: Dec. 14, 2017

The community’s history as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance

Throwback Thursday: December 14, 2017

Can you help us caption a photo from Langley’s past?

Giants invite fans to toss teddy bears at Langley game

The annual Teddy Bear Toss takes place at this Sunday’s home game in the LEC.

Langley Christmas Fun: a listing of holiday events, Dec. 14, 2017 edition

Langley events: LangleyAdvance.com/add-event or news@langleyadvance.com (subject: Christmas Fun).

Langley What’s On: Dec. 14, 2017 edition

Langley events: LangleyAdvance.com/add-event or news@langleyadvance.com (subject: What’s On).

VIDEO: Carollers bring festive sounds to Langley City most Fridays

Shoppers will once again be entertained by choirs, musicians and bands this month in McBurney Plaza.

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Update: Small fire near Maple Ridge tent city

Occurred outside camp Wednesday night

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15- to 19-year-olds, including one in Vernon

Military life gives way to chance as author

Retired Chilliwack officer pens book about life in Afghanistan

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

Most Read