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Tim Curley, center, exits District Court following his arraignment Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa. Curley, Penn State athletic director on leave and Gary Schultz, retired vice president for business and finance for Penn State, were arraigned Friday on new accusations they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Woman at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Two Penn State ex-administrators pleaded guilty in the Jerry Sandusky case


Two former Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment charges in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. 

Ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz were initially charged with felonies, but the reduced charge could still get them up to five years in prison. 

The plea comes more than five years after news of the scandal rocked the university and it ultimately led to the downfall of Former Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. 

Jerry Sandusky
Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier also faces charges in connection with the case, but his case hasn't made it to court yet. Jury selection for Spanier's case is scheduled for next week. 

All three were responsible for handling a 2001 complaint filed by a graduate assistant who claimed he saw Sandusky, who was a retired defensive football coach at the time, sexually abusing a boy in the team's shower. No one reported the incident but Sandusky was told not to bring children to campus anymore. 

Sandusky was arrested a decade later and in 2012 was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. He's now serving a 30-to 60-year prison sentence. 

After Sandusky's arrest, Paterno was fired for the way in which he handled the incident. He died from lung cancer a few months later and was never charged with a crime. 

Schultz and Curley were arrested in 2011 and Spanier was arrested the following year. 

All three initially faced charges of felony conspiracy, which carried the possibility of seven years in prison.

The Sandusky scandal has cost Penn State close to a quarter billion dollars. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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