- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pennsylvania State University paid more than $93 million last year to a total of 33 people who said they were sexually assaulted by the school’s disgraced former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, new documents reveal.

The figures came to light upon the school’s release this week of a 2016 fiscal year audit that highlights payouts made to victims of the convicted child molester.

Sandusky, 72, is currently serving a decades-long prison sentence upon being found guilty in 2012 on dozens of charges of sexual abuse stemming from his time with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Penn State last year said it paid $92.8 million through June 2015 in order to settle claims made by 32 of Sandusky’s victims – one fewer than the number of recipients who received payment in 2016, according to the newest audit.

The latest financial disclosure also reveals Penn State paid close to $20 million during the last two years toward legal fees and other costs related to the internal investigation launched in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal, WJAC News reported this week out of University Park, Pa.

Additionally the school’s insurance carriers have paid around $28.8 million in scandal-related costs, the news station added.

None of the figures included in the 2016 fiscal year audit reflect the recent $2.4 million fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education in response to the school’s mishandling of allegations concerning its former coach, WJAC reported.

Sandusky has maintained his innocence and is currently in the midst of seeking a retrial.

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