Almost six years after former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexual abuse of more than 50 young boys, two former Penn State University administrators plead guilty to endangering the welfare of children.
As Penn Live notes, the pleas also open the possibility they may testify against former university President Graham Spanier, the only remaining defendant in the case.
The three former administrators oversaw a 2001 complaint by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who reported that he witnessed Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in the program's Lasch Building shower. Instead, they simply told Sandusky he couldn't bring boys to campus anymore.
Sandusky was arrested a decade later and convicted in 2012.
"There is no provision of the agreement that would limit my ability to impose sentence as I see fit", senior judge John Boccabella said, via PennLive.
Mr. Spanier resigned under pressure days after Sandusky's 2011 arrest, but he was not criminally charged until a year later. The three were also facing perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges, but they were dismissed in a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling previous year.
Two former administrators at Penn State face jail after pleading guilty on Monday for their roles in the notorious sex abuse scandal that forced the dismissal of legendary coach Joe Paterno. McQueary told Paterno what he saw, who reported the information to Curley. The charges, originally levied in 2011, were reduced from felonies.
The scandal is one of the most notorious in the history of USA college sport and eventually led to the dismissal of Paterno, the revered head of Penn State's football program.
"The Office of the Attorney General has wasted millions of dollars in state resources slow-playing a bogus case that relies on a falsely-exaggerated grand jury presentment", Maribeth Roman Schmidt, a spokeswoman for Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, which has been highly critical of the university's response to the crisis, said last week. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison - - with accusations stemming as far back as the 1970s.