Penn State to Pay $59.7 Million to Settle Sexual Abuse Claims
Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to settle 26 claims of child sexual abuse filed against the university.
About the Penn State Sexual Abuse Claims
- According to the Austin American-Statesman, the claims were filed by 26 young men who alleged that they had been molested and sexually assaulted by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
- Sandusky was first charged with child molestation nearly two years ago. The allegations caused a media frenzy as other administrators and staff including college football legend Joe Paterno were indicted after failing to report Sandusky’s crimes. Paterno died shortly after from lung cancer.
- Three former administrators are currently awaiting trial, facing charges including perjury, conspiracy and failure to report child abuse.
- Sandusky is currently serving 30 to 60 years after being found guilty of 45 criminal count in connection to the sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Penn State to Pay $59.7 Million to Sexual Abuse Victims
- Penn State reports that 23 deals have been fully signed and the remaining three are agreements in principal.
- In order to settle all 26 claims of child sexual abuse filed against the university in connection to the Sandusky scandal, Penn State has agreed to pay a total of $59.7 million.
- The settlements have been unfolding since mid-August. While some attorneys have disclosed amounts over individual claims, Penn State adhered to a strict policy that it would only confirm the amount being paid after all the claims could be addressed at once.
- In addition to the settlements, Penn State has also spent more than $50 million on legal fees, public relations and the implementation of news sexual abuse policies due to the Sandusky scandal.
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