Two former Penn State University administrators pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, avoiding a trial that was scheduled for later this month.
Jury selection in that case is set to begin next week.
The charges are tied to each man's connection to the failure to report an incident witnessed by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary (Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the showers of the Penn State football building) and reported to former head football coach Joe Paterno.
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The men took a 2001 complaint by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower, but did not report it to authorities.
Penn State's costs, according to The AP, related to the Sandusky scandal are approaching a quarter-billion dollars.
The charge Schultz and Curley pleaded guilty to is a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and five years in prison. One of Sandusky's sons, Jeffrey Sandusky, was recently arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor.
The 73-year-old Sandusky, for his part, is serving a term of 30 to 60 years in prison. Though they could face up to five years, jail time is unlikely if they cooperate, analysts tell ABC27.
Shortly after Sandusky's arrest, Paterno was sacked over his handling of the matter.
A report commissioned by the university and conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that the beloved coach and the three others hushed up the allegations against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity. Our focus has been, and remains, on the victims of child abuse.
Does Chardo call it a prosecutorial victory for the attorney general's office even though it got just a single misdemeanor plea from Curley and Schultz? Paterno alerted Curley and Schultz, and McQueary met with both of them about a week later.