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Sandusky Case: Penn State's Fees Continue to Pile Up, Exceeding $7.5 Million Through February

by on April 17, 2012 5:26 PM

Penn State has totaled $7,577,643 in expenses dealing with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

Fees are totaled through Feb. 29, according to Penn State's information resource site, openness.psu.edu. Costs include those for attorneys, consultants and public relations firms that the university has utilized since Sandusky, the former Penn State football assistant coach, was arrested in November 2011.

Internal investigation and crisis communications have cost the university the bulk of its expenses, totaling $5,348,238 in February.

This includes the services of the Freeh Group/Kekst Public Relations, Reed Smith/Ketchum Public Relations, Domus Inc., and The Academy Group, according to the university. 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his firm were retained by Penn State in November to conduct an internal investigation of the university to make look fully and objectively into any governance and oversight missteps that may have allowed Sandusky to allegedly sexually abuse boys over a period of years.

University legal services and defense has cost $1,205,438 as of February. Penn State has solicited the legal counsel of several firms, including: 

  • Saul Ewing
  • Duane Morris
  • Lanny J. Davis and Associates
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • ML Strategies
  • Lee, Green & Reiter Inc. 

According to Duane Morris' website, former Penn State football player and Board of Trustees candidate Adam Taliaferro is an associate at a firm in Cherry Hill. 

Externally initiated investigations by Margolis & Healy have cost the university $49,788. 

Defense for former Penn State administrators Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier, the last, who is not charged with any wrongdoing, has totaled $338,545. According to the openness website, university bylaws entitle the former Penn State officials to legal counsel, paid for by the university. 

"Other institutional expenses" ring in at $635,634, putting the university over the $7 million mark. According to the openness website, "some of the fees and costs set forth below are expected to be reimbursed under the university's insurance policies." 

Sandusky is currently under house arrest while he awaits a June 5 trial. Jury selection is expected to take at least two weeks. 

On April 11, Joe Amendola told USA Today that legal proceedings have cost Sandusky at least at least $200,000 so far, and Sandusky has "cashed out" his retirement.

Sandusky faces 52 counts in connection with allegations that he abused 10 boys over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence.

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Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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