Penn State Trustees OK Sandusky Victim Settlement Offers

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution on Friday authorizing the university to make settlement offers to a number of individuals who have made claims arising out of actions of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Given the sensitivity of the process, Penn State officials will have no further comment until the settlements have been finalized and mutually acceptable settlement agreements are executed and delivered.

“No settlement agreements have been signed and the discussions with counsel for the various individuals remain confidential,” the school said in a statement. “Penn State has no definitive timetable set for the signed agreements, but officials hope to conclude the process with the majority of the claimants within the next several weeks.”

Last summer Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

As a result of the case, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and its president, Graham Spanier were fired. Gary Schultz, the school’s former senior vice president for finance and business, and Tim Curley, the former athletic director, were charged with perjury and failure to report to authorities what they knew about the allegations. Spanier was also charged with perjury.

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a probe into whether Penn State violated the Clery Act when it did not report child sexual abuse allegations to the proper authorities.

Read the statement.

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