Ex-Penn State officials say sorry for inaction

Calvin Saunders
June 3, 2017

Graham Spanier before the sentencing.

"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation", Curley said.

Boccabella said he was “appalled that the common sense to make a phone call did not occur, ” a transgression that “sort of robs my faith of who we are as adults and where we are going.”. "I sincerely apologize for not having done more".

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

Prosecutors argued that the staffers failed as leaders and cared more about themselves and the school's image than protecting the children.

They reserved their harshest words for Spanier. Prosecutors said that after McQueary recounted what he saw, the three administrators decided not to report it to authorities to protect the universitys reputation.

Boccabella, who said he was picked for the case because he had no Penn State connections, said incarceration was a necessary deterrent to prevent others from making the same mistake of failing to report suspected abuse.

The three men were accused of hushing up a 2001 allegation about Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a football team shower to protect the university's reputation.

As a result, prosecutors said, the retired coach went on to victimize four more boys.

Spanier, who will appeal his sentence, was also fined $7,500, Curley and Schultz $5,000 each.

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Speaking in court before they were sentenced, Curley and Schultz sobbed as they apologized to the victims, saying they should have done more.

Sandusky wasn't arrested until a tip in 2011 led investigators to interview the shower witness.

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.

They all apologized in the courtroom to Sanduskys victims before the sentences were hand down.

The sentencing ends the last criminal case in the Sandusky scandal, which broke in 2011 and led to the firing of long-time football coach Joe Paterno.

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.

Despite reaching plea agreements with the prosecution and testifying against Spanier in March, both Schultz and Curley maintained essentially the same defense they've stated for years.

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. I don't know how these men can sleep at night knowing that they didn't take the necessary steps to prevent Sandusky from preying on children on their own goddamn campus.

Attorneys for the three former administrators have not returned calls seeking comment.

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