In addition, Schultz, the former university vice president, could serve a minimum of two months in jail and a maximum of 23 months; and Curley, the former university athletic director, could serve a minimum of three months in jail and maximum of 23 months. Two other former aides, ex-athletic director Gary Schultz and onetime vice president Tim Curley, got similar two-month jail terms followed by house arrest.
Spanier was the only one of three Penn State administrators charged in connection with the Sandusky investigation to take his case to trial but, in a surprise, his two former colleagues who reached plea deals and testified at Spanier's trial received harsher sentences. He will also serve 2 years probation, 200 hours of community service and will have to pay $7,500 in fines.
The case also badly damaged the reputation of Joe Paterno, the revered head football coach, who was accused of knowing about allegations against Sandusky.
At least three months have to be served in jail. "I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims", Schultz said.
"Why no one made a phone call to the police ... is beyond me", Boccabella said. Paterno notified Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.
Prosecutors also attacked Schultz, saying it defied common sense that he seemed unwilling to acknowledge the sexual nature of what McQueary reported, given what Schultz knew about the 1998 incident. "Why he didn't is beyond me", Boccabella said.
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Mike McQueary, a graduate coaching assistant, told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001.
Prosecutors argued that the staffers failed as leaders and cared more about themselves and the school's image than protecting the children.
Prosecutor Patrick Schulte said Curley at one point had drawn up a plan to report Sandusky to state authorities, but "something changed after talking to coach Paterno".
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.
But Spanier came under criticism for what detractors said was his misperception of the world outside academia and his failure to understand the implications of the Sandusky scandal when it broke.
He was wrong. Four days after Sandusky's arrest on November 5, 2011, Spanier was sacked, along with legendary coach Joe Paterno. In sentencing memos to the judge this week, prosecutors criticized Curley for the "astonishing" gaps in his memory. And of McQueary, Boccabella said: "He wasn't a child. I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake", Curley said.