Penn State Could Face More Legal Claims from Sandusky Victims
The university has set aside $33.2 million for future cases involving alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky.
Penn State University could face claims in court from additional alleged victims of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal that shocked the campus in 2012.
The university published documents last week reporting that it has set aside $33.2 million in financial liabilities for at least six future cases related to the scandal, reports NBC News.
Penn State has already settled cases with 26 of Sandusky’s victims, paying out roughly $60 million overall. Now, according to last week’s documents, the school is acknowledging that additional claims may be paid.
Sandusky, 71, was an assistant football coach at the university until allegations surfaced that he’d been abusing boys using his prominent position with the school and his charity for troubled children. Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison in Oct. 2012 for the abuse of 10 boys over the course of 15 years. The revelations resulted in the resignations or firings of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, University President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz.
Penn State settled with 26 victims in Oct. 2013. During those settlements the school also dismissed the claims of six alleged victims. It is unknown if any of those alleged victims are the new claimants the school mentioned in the documents released last week.