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Penn State Administrators Facing Charges Re: Jerry Sandusky Case


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Former university president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, and former senior vice president Gary Schultz are currently facing charges resulting from the state's investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. The three men all held their former positions through 2011, at which point the investigation of Sandusky brought charges against Sandusky, Schultz and Curley. Pennsylvania courts opted to hear Schultz and Curley's cases at a later date, while former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky went on to be charged and convicted in 2012 with 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors, resulting from his actions over a 15 year period between 1994 and 2009.

 

Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz both resigned from their positions in November 2011, at the same time that legendary head football coach Joe Paterno was fired by the university. Tim Curley's contract was not renewed by the university when it expired in June 2013.

 

The list of charges against the three former administrators include counts of conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice, and child endangerment. Spanier has total of 8 charges pending. 3 are felonies, each carrying up to 7 years in prison if convicted. The 5 other charges against Spanier are misdemeanors, carrying a maximum sentence of 2 years each. Schultz and Curley both face 2 charges each, both felonies, and each carrying up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

 

Previous attempts by the three administrators to have their charges thrown out have fallen on deaf ears. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in the case, and opening arguments for their case are currently scheduled to be heard on August 11th by the Pennsylvania Superior Court - a state appeals court.

 

End of the beginning? New hearing looms large in former Penn State administrators' fight against Sandusky obstruction charges

 

 

 

 

Sandusky is currently serving a 30 to 60 year sentence in a Pennsylvania maximum security prison.

 

In July 2012, the NCAA announced stiff sanctions against Penn State University and their football program, including a $60 million fine, 5 years probation including a loss of 40 scholarships during that time, a 4 year ban from post-season play, and the vacating of all of the football program's 112 wins between 1998 and 2011. This dropped Joe Paterno's record from first to twelfth place on the NCAA's all-time win list as head coach.

 

By January 2015, the NCAA had rescinded many of its sanctions on Penn State, having already made them eligible for post-season play during the 2014 football season, and having returned all of Penn State's scholarships to them for the 2015 season. The final sanction repeal in January 2015 returned Joe Paterno's wins to him (posthumously), once again making him the winningest coach in NCAA football history.

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The real answer: The outraged mob already caught their villain and the news is old.

 

There's some truth to that...but man oh man, there are still folks calling for blood in the instances of cover-up by the Catholic Church. I'm surprised there's so little public interest with these three.

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