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Sandusky matter has cost Penn State over $41M, not including possible victim settlements

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Legal bills, crisis handling and other costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case have cost Pennsylvania State University over $41 million, so far.

But that figure doesn’t include possible settlements that are being discussed with some of his 10 victims, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A letter released by Penn State, with billable rates blacked out, also said Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan had been paid over $8,147,597 as of the end of last year. The law firm conducted and independent investigation and made a report that has been criticized by some alumni and observers as putting the university in a bad light beyond what the circumstances required.

Sandusky, 69, who was a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

Other university officials have been accused of covering up Sandusky’s misconduct and/or failing to take appropriate action concerning allegations that were brought to their attention years before he faced criminal charges. Some of his misconduct occurred on campus, according to trial testimony.

Related material: “Freeh’s Scathing Report an Unusual ‘Road Map’ to Litigation Against Penn State, Lawyers Say” “Penn State Avoids NCAA ‘Death Penalty,’ Is Fined $60M, Faces More Sanctions re Child Sex-Abuse Case” “To Settle Sandusky Claims, Penn State Taps Ken Feinberg, Sept. 11 and Oil Spill Compensation Veteran” “Ex-Penn State Prez Faces Perjury, Obstruction, Child-Endangerment Case re Sandusky’s Child Sex Abuse”

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