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Penn State administrators admit guilt

Penn State administrators admit guilt
Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. on Mar. 13 after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. (Dan Gleiter / Associated Press)

Two former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday, more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno.

Tim Curley, a 62-year-old former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, 67, a one-time vice president, could get up to five years in prison for misdemeanor child endangerment.

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No sentencing date was set.

They struck a deal in which prosecutors in Harrisburg, Pa., dropped three felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy that carried up to seven years each.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, 68, also was charged in the scandal and the case against him appears to be moving forward, with jury selection set for next week. His lawyers and the lead prosecutor had no comment.

The three administrators handled a 2001 complaint by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, a retired member of the coaching staff, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. They failed in their legal duty by not reporting the matter to police or child welfare authorities, prosecutors said.

As a result, prosecutors said, Sandusky went on to abuse more boys, one in the Penn State showers. Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later. He was convicted in 2012 of molesting 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years behind bars.

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