Sandusky Scandal Costs PSU Close to $48M

Sunday, Aug 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:56 PM CDT
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Sandusky Scandal Costs PSU Close to $48M

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on Oct. 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The 68-year-old Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years and not more that 60 years in prison for his conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including while he was the defensive coordinator for the Penn State college football team. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Penn State's bill to pay costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is nearing $48 million.

A university website on Friday showed a $47.7 million total as of the end of May, up $1.9 million from two months earlier. The amount covered legal fees, consulting work and other associated costs.

Much of the increase was tied to the university's legal services and defense, which cost $10.4 million, up about $700,000 from March.

The university has said it won't use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay for scandal costs.

The arrest of retired assistant football coach Sandusky in November 2011 triggered the sweeping scandal. Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last fall after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts.

 

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