Penn State's liability in Sandusky case is sizable, legal experts say

July 16, 2012
Report from former FBI director likely to increase university's legal exposure

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State's liability stemming from the child sexual abuse committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky could become more burdensome in the wake of the report issued last week by former FBI director Louis Freeh. Lawyers say that given the duration of the alleged coverup by university officials and the multiple acts of sexual abuse the report detailed, the university's exposure now could reach $100 million or more. Freeh's 267-page report spelled out Sandusky's actions and administrators' efforts to hide them.

EARLIER... APRIL 2012...from The Harrisburg Patriot-News: The expense tab for Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal has topped $7.5 million. The university web site,, shows that its internal investigation and crisis communications have cost $5,348,238 between November, when former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing boys, and the end of February. Legal fees total $1,205,438 for that same time period. FEBRUARY 2012...from The Harrisburg Patriot-News: By the end of 2011, Pennsylvania State Universityhad spent nearly $3.2 million on consultants, investigators and lawyers to deal with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The school has published the information on a new website in what it says is an effort to be more open and transparent about what is happening on the campus.

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