By: Janay Hunt
(Gainesville, Georgia) Penn State will be paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse from the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Of the 26 claims 23 deals are fully signed and three agreements are in principle. The school also faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some do not have merit while others may have settlement.
The settlements have been happening since mid-August, when attorneys for the victims began to disclose them. Harrisburg lawyer Ben Andreozzi, who helped negotiate several settlements said his clients were satisfied.
Penn State has spent more than $50 million on other costs related to the Sandusky scandal. The liability insurance is expected to cover payments and legal defense, and what is not covered should be paid from interest paid on loans by Penn State.
Sandusky, 69, has been trailing appeals while he serves a 30-60- year state prison sentence. He was convicted of abusing 10 boys, some at Penn State facilities. Eight young men gave evidence against him, telling a range of abuse they said from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex, and anal rape when they were boys.
Three former Penn State faculty await trail in Harrisburg on charges they took part in criminal cover-up of the Sandusky scandal. Former president, Graham Spanier, and former vice president Gary Schultz and retired athletic director Tim Curley deny the accusations.