Two former Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment charges related to their involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to multiple reports.
BREAKING: Former Penn State athletic director pleads guilty to child endangerment in Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.
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Former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count, according to PennLive. They each could face a possible $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail, according to the report.
Curley, Schultz and former university president Graham Spanier were set to stand trial next week on allegations that they were negligent in handling allegations against Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator. Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in 2012 after being found guilty on dozens of charges of child sexual abuse.
However, PennLive reported that both Curley and Schultz could testify for the prosecution against Spanier, who is still set to go to trial next week.
The report said that the guilty pleas related to an incident in which former assistant coach Mike McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky assaulting a child in a team locker room in 2001. According to testimony, McQueary told his account to head coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to Curley and Schultz.
Paterno was fired by the school on Nov. 9, 2011, days after the scandal broke. He died in January 2012.