Former Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor gets jail time in Jerry Sandusky case

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Spanier's attorneys, meanwhile, have said they intend to appeal his jury conviction.

"These men are good people who made a bad mistake", the judge said.

He was wrong. Four days after Sandusky's arrest on November 5, 2011, Spanier was sacked, along with legendary coach Joe Paterno. "I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims", Schultz said.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz are to begin serving their sentences July 15, authorities said.

He was one of the nation's highest-paid university presidents.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, center, departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, June 2, 2017. "I deeply regret I didn't intervene more forcefully", he said, in a nod to Sandusky's victims.

Penn State's football program suffered heavy sanctions from the NCAA, and the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs. The university has paid almost $250 million in settlements, legal bills, fines, public relations and other costs stemming from the scandal. The emails the men exchanged in 2001 - in which Curley suggested changing the plan and Spanier agreed - formed the core of the prosecution's case.

Reaction after the sentencing reflected the divisiveness of the case.

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

Boccabella also sentenced two other university officials who had pleaded guilty and testified against Spanier. Still, his lawyer has indicated he will appeal the verdict, which is likely to delay any jail time.

In 2001, a graduate assistant named Mike McQueary saw Sandusky abusing a boy and reported what he observed to head coach Joe Paterno, Schultz and Curley.

Prosecutors say former Penn State President Graham Spanier was a "failure as a leader when it matter most", when university administrators failed to act on a 2001 sex abuse allegation against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. "He made a choice to protect his reputation, the reputation of his friends and the reputation of the university above the well-being of these children". Still, he told Spanier, "the buck stops on your desk, that's why you're here".

All three men have denied they were told the encounter in the shower was sexual in nature.

Two of the cases against Sandusky heavily involved Curley, Schultz and Spanier.

"Spanier's sentence should make it loud and clear that the protection of the welfare of Pennsylvania's children should never take a back seat to the reputation of one man ever again", Shapiro said in the memorandum. He will serve three months in jail followed by house arrest and pay a $5,000 fine. Former athletic director Tim Curley will spend three months in jail. All three were also fined and sentenced to community service.

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. Curley has had lung cancer for more than six years.

"It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt".

"Why no one made a phone call to the police ... is beyond me", Boccabella said. She said his inaction "allowed children to be harmed". "He was an adult".

Both the judge and prosecutors Friday thrust blame onto Paterno himself. His father, he said, notified his superiors, as required under state law and university policy.

But Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz didn't report him to child welfare authorities or police.

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