Tim Curley, the former athletic director at Penn State University, pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. The guilty plea comes more than five years after the Sandusky scandal came to light.
Curley, the ex-AD of PSU, entered the plea Monday, March 13, in Harrisburg, Pennslyvania. Similarly, former senior vice president Gary Schultz also pleaded guilty Monday to endangering the welfare of children. According to the agreement, Curley and Schultz could possibly testify for the prosecution at next week’s scheduled trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier.
According to Penn Live, Curley and Schultz entered their pleas before Judge John Boccabella.
Via Penn Live:
They each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count that carries a maximum possible penalty of a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. The judge said there was no agreement on the sentence they will receive.
“There is no provision of the agreement that would limit my ability to impose sentence as I see fit,” Boccabella said.
The guilty pleas specifically related to a report by former assistant coach Mike McQueary that he saw Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at Penn State in February 2001. He reported what he saw to Coach Joe Paterno, who in turn reported it to his supervisor, Curley.
Curley entered his plea first, followed by Schultz. Both mean answered questions posed by the prosecutor and the judge, but did not otherwise speak.
In the years that Curley and Schultz have been awaiting trial, Sandusky was convicted and imprisoned on charges of child sexual abuse, while former graduate assistant and whistleblower Mike McQueary won a civil lawsuit against Penn State. Similarly, Penn State has paid millions of dollars in retribution to Sandusky’s victims.
Tim Curley, the former athletic director at Penn State University, and Gary Schultz the former senior vice president of PSU, have pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case.