Two ex-Penn state officials apologized to the sex abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky on Friday for failing to alert authorities to the 2001 allegation against the ex-assistant football coach--a decision that allowed the now-convicted serial predator to continue abusing boys. Their formal apologies came as they awaited sentencing for their cover-up of the case.
Former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, and ex-president Graham Spanier, 68, were convicted of child endangerment.
Spanier, the only one to take his case to trial, was sentenced to the short time in prison: four to 12 months, with two months in jail and two months under house arrest, according to Penn Live. He will also serve two years probation, pay $7,500 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.
Curley was sentenced to seven to 23 months, with three months in jail and other months under house arrest. He is also required to pay $5,000 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.
WATCH | Three ex-Penn state officials get jail time after failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities.
Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months, with two months in jail and four months house arrest. He is required to pay $5,000 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.
While speaking to Judge John Boccabella before their sentencing, Curley and Schultz apologized for their inaction.
"I am very remorseful I did not comprehend the severity of the situation. I sincerely apologize to the victims and to all who were impacted because of my mistake," Curley said. "I sincerely apologize for not having done more."
Schultz echoed Curley's apology, saying, "It really sickens me to think I might have played a part in children being hurt. I'm sorry that I didn't do more, and I apologize to the victims."
Prosecutors, however, weren't receptive to their apologies, saying they acted selfishly rather than on behalf of the children's interests.
"He was a complete and utter failure as a leader when it mattered most," said Laura Ditka, a state prosecutor.
As a result of their actions, according to prosecutors, Sandusky continued abusing four more boys.
Sandusky wasn't arrested until 2011 after an anonymous email to a county prosecutor led investigators to re-examine the evidence. He was found guilty the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys. He is currently serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years while he appeals his conviction.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.