The Penn State Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case destroyed so many young lives. Numerous young men were sexually assaulted by former assistant football coach Sandusky and some of these acts were perpetrated in facilities under the control of the Penn State athletic department.
Multiple legal proceedings have demonstrated that some members of the Penn State community had not just a moral but also a legal duty to inform authorities about their knowledge regarding Sandusky’s illegal activities. Unfortunately, those who had the knowledge to stop Sandusky turned a blind eye possibly to avoid the type of scandal that ultimately occurred.
Today was judgement day for three former Penn State officials who knew about Sandusky’s illegal behavior but for whatever reason declined to contact authorities. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was sentenced to 4 to 12 months in prison, followed by 2 years of probation. Upon Spanier’s release, he must serve another four months on house arrest, 2 years probation, and he must pay a $7,500 fine.
Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz was sentenced to a 6 to 23 month jail term, with 4 months on house arrest. He was fined $5,000 and will have 2 years of probation following his release from prison.
The harshest sentence was for former Athletic Director Tim Curley. He was sentenced to a 7 to 23 month jail term, with the final four months under house arrest. In addition, he received 2 years of probation and a $5,000 fine. According to Penn Live, the judge presiding over the case “was openly skeptical” about Curley’s trial testimony. The reason for this skepticism was the email evidence from more than 15 years ago that demonstrated he knew Sandusky was using athletic department facilities for utterly troubling illegal activities and did nothing to stop him.
The bottom line is that absent the proper precautions, your emails, texts, emojis, photos, or messages on a Facebook or Google owned platform may destroy your personal life and/or your professional career. But for the digital evidence that demonstrated these men knew about Sandusky’s reprehensible and illegal behavior, they would not be going to jail and most likely would be able to continue their professional careers.