Ex-Penn State Officials Sentenced in Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Prosecutors say the men failed to report an allegation about Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a football team shower in 2001.

"Graham Spanier has fallen from being one of the most highly-regarded leaders in American education to being associated with one of the worst episodes in the history of American education, and he will never get beyond that", Silver said in a memo to the court.

Spanier said he regretted that "I did not intervene more forcefully".

Defense attorneys also cited Spanier's age, 69, "worsening health" and "public shaming" in their argument that jail time "is unnecessary to achieve the interests of justice".

Sandusky, 73, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison on his 2012 conviction of molesting 10 boys in and around Penn State facilities.

A state court previously dismissed more serious charges of perjury and obstruction after defense attorneys for Shultz, Curley and Spanier successfully argued that Penn State's in-house counsel improperly represented herself before the grand jury.

The only motive for the men's silence, he said, appeared to be to protect Penn State's reputation.

Curley and Schulz pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children before the case went to trial in the alleged coverup relating to the Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

The 63-year-old Curley and 67-year-old Schultz told the judge Friday they were sorry they didn't do more.

Sandusky was not arrested until a tip in 2011 led investigators to interview the shower witness.

As a result of the Sandusky case, the university has paid out almost a quarter-billion dollars in fines, court verdicts, settlements and other costs.

Spanier's trial revolved around testimony by an ex-graduate coaching assistant, Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky molesting a boy in 2001. Paterno, who was sacked in the aftermath of Sandusky's 2011 indictment and died of lung cancer months later, testified he thought McQueary witnessed something sexual, and he urged McQueary to report the incident to Curley.

Prosecutors said they had agreed not to recommend sentences for Curley and Schultz. That decision formed the heart of the case against the administrators.

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.

After pleading, Curley and Schultz testified for the prosecution at Spanier's trial. "Why he didn't is beyond me", Boccabella said.