2 ex-Penn State officials plead guilty in child-sex scandal

Tim Curley in 2011

Tim Curley in 2011

Penn State University issued the following statement Monday afternoon following the guilty pleas of former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz.

"Good morning", said a friendly Gary Schultz as he walked hand-in-hand with his wife toward the Dauphin County Courthouse Monday.

Curley and Schultz face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. According to PennLive, the judge presiding over the case made it clear that there was no agreement in place that would limit his sentencing power over Schultz and Curley in exchange for their pleas.

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. They were charged with felony conspiracy and on suspicion of failing to notify authorities of reports of child sexual abuse by Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts in the sexual abuse of 10 boys.

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.

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The move comes just a week before all three men - Spanier, Schultz and Curley - were scheduled to stand trial on accusations they were criminally negligent in handling child-sex accusations against Sandusky in 2001. Instead, they simply told Sandusky he couldn't bring boys to campus anymore. One of Sandusky's sons, Jeffrey Sandusky, was recently arrested and charged with sexual assault of a minor.

Shortly after Sandusky's arrest, Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno was sacked.

Baldwin previously agreed to represent Spanier, Curley and Shultz when Penn State received a subpoena.

The NCAA also levied a $48 million penalty against the university that is now funding anti-child-abuse efforts in Pennsylvania.

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