Sandusky Sex Scandal Has Cost Penn State $41 Million–and Climbing


Penn State’s bill to pay costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has topped $41 million, including $8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, reports the Associated Press. The latest disclosure posted Monday on the university website offered more itemization for certain costs including the bill for the Freeh probe. The bill also for the first time includes the $12 million payment to the NCAA — the first of five annual installments of the $60 million fine that’s part of the sanctions.

Penn State also released its December 2011 engagement letter with Freeh’s legal firm that details the scope of his responsibilities. Some critics of the way trustees have handled the scandal had asked for a public release of the document. The language in the engagement letter appeared to be fairly standard, even though the subject matter was explosive. It asks Freeh’s firm to identify any failures in the reporting process and causes for them, as well as to identify who knew of allegations of sexual abuse against Sandusky and how they were handled.

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