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Penn State paying $59.7 million to Jerry Sandusky victims

The university still faces six claims related to the former Penn State assistant football coach's child sexual abuse conviction.

October 28, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted last year on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted… (Patrick Smith / Getty Images )

Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered at the university who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.

Nearly two years after the retired coach was first charged with child molestation, the school said 23 deals were fully signed and three were agreements in principle. It did not disclose the names of the recipients.

The school faces six other claims, and the university says it believes some of those do not have merit while others may produce settlements.

University President Rodney Erickson issued a statement calling the announcement a step forward for victims and the school.

"We cannot undo what has been done, but we can and must do everything possible to learn from this and ensure it never happens again at Penn State," said Erickson, who announced the day Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 that Penn State was determined to compensate his victims.


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