HARRISBURG, PA.: Penn State University has reached tentative settlements totaling about $60 million so far with men who claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trustee said Thursday.
The trustee, Ted Brown, said he was unsure of how many claims have been settled and how many remain in negotiations.
“We approved settlements for approximately $60 million,” Brown said. He said that figure does not cover every claim made and that he expected trustees to be asked to approve more when tentative agreements are reached.
The trustees voted a week ago to authorize members of a committee to approve settlements on the university’s behalf, without detailing how many accusers have come forward with sex-abuse claims involving Sandusky, how many have settled and how much money might be involved.
A person familiar with the discussions said Thursday that about 25 out of 31 outstanding claims were covered by the approximately $60 million in settlements the trustees approved. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.
Brown said trustees were briefed on the dollar figure in private before the vote. School officials have said they will not publicly discuss specific figures until the deals have been made final, which could happen in the coming weeks.
Sandusky, 69, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including violent attacks on boys inside school facilities, after a three-week trial last summer in which eight victims testified against him. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term and maintains he was wrongfully convicted. He is pursuing appeals.