$60 Million Settlement May Be Near for Penn State…to settle most of the roughly 30 outstanding claims by victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case
$60 Million Settlement May Be Near for Penn State
By STEVE EDER
Published: July 18, 2013
Penn State’s board of trustees has authorized the university to spend about $60 million to settle most of the roughly 30 outstanding claims by victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
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Since the allegations against Jerry Sandusky first came to light in late 2011, Penn State has taken a number of steps to rebuild its image.
The settlements, which will number about 25, vary in size and could be completed within the next month, the two people said.
A spokesman for Penn State said the university “does not comment or confirm information on settlements.” The details of the potential settlements were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The settlements would come more than a year after Sandusky was found guilty in June 2012 of 45 counts of abuse. Sandusky, a former top assistant to Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.
Since the allegations against Sandusky first came to light in late 2011, Penn State has been trying to rebuild its image, even as multiple lawsuits, criminal proceedings and N.C.A.A. penalties have engulfed the university and some of its former top officials.
Among the steps taken by Penn State was a university-commissioned report by Louis J. Freeh, a former director of the F.B.I., which found that university leaders had disregarded the welfare of Sandusky’s victims.
Last week, the Penn State board approved a resolution allowing the university to make settlement offers to some of the people who made claims stemming from Sandusky’s conduct.
“Today’s action is yet another important step toward the resolution of claims from Sandusky’s victims,” Rodney Erickson, the president of Penn State, said in a statement last week. “As we have previously said, the university intends to deal with these individuals in a fair and expeditious manner, with due regard to their privacy.”
The university said that because of the sensitivity of the negotiations, it would not comment until settlements were completed. The university said no settlement agreements had been signed as of last week.
A version of this article appeared in print on July 19, 2013, on page B15 of the New York edition with the headline: $60 Million Settlement May Be Near For Penn St..