Two former Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment related to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal more than five years ago that led to legendary coach Joe Paterno’s firing.
Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz each face up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 as part of a plea agreement entered in Superior Court in Harrisburg, Pa.
Former university president Graham Spanier was also charged in the case. He was not in the courtroom Monday, but the last remaining defendant in the case is scheduled to go on trial next week.
Schultz and Curley were arrested in 2011 and Spanier in 2012. They were charged with felony conspiracy and on suspicion of failing to notify authorities of reports of child sexual abuse by Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts in the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison — — with accusations stemming as far back as the 1970s.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz handled a 2001 complaint by graduate assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky — at the time a retired defensive coach at Penn State — sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. The school administrators did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities and Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later.
The guilty pleas by Curley and Schultz indicated they could testify for the prosecution against Spanier, Penn Live reported.
Penn State’s overall costs related to the Sandusky scandal are reportedly approaching a quarter-billion dollars.