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Sandusky Scandal Costs Penn State $23.5 Million in Legal and PR Through September

by on December 10, 2012 4:45 PM

Paying for the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal has cost Penn State $23,547,634 in legal and PR fees through Sept. 30, a $3 million increase from August. 

University officials update the total legal and public relations costs related to dealing with the Sandusky scandal routinely as they become available, which generally takes about 40-45 days, per Penn State's 'Progress' website. 

The costs are expected to be reimbursed by Penn State's insurer, and the fees are a separate entity from the $60 million fine imposed on the university by the NCAA as part of its sanctions. Penn State will pay the first installment of five $12 million payments by Dec. 20, the university said last week.

Penn State's insurer filed a civil suit in Philadelphia contesting having to pay the fees. In November, Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said the university cannot discuss any details on the proceedings. 

The university topped $20 million in fees in August, and former Penn State President Graham Spanier was indicted on Nov. 1 in what Attorney General Linda Kelly called 'a conspiracy of silence.' Spanier, along with former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, were each charged with perjury, endangering the welfare of children, failure to report, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Their Dec. 13 preliminary hearing was postponed indefinitely last week. 

Totals can also be found on Penn State's 'Progress' website and are as follows: 

Board of Trustees - Internal Investigation and Crisis Communications$12,224,583

  • Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Ketchum
  • Kekst and Company Inc.
  • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
  • Domus Inc
  • The Academy Group

University Legal Services/Defense$6,278,678

  • Saul Ewing
  • Duane Morris
  • Lanny J. Davis and Associates
  • Jenner & Block LLPML Strategies
  • Lee, Green & Reiter Inc.
  • McQuaide Blasko
  • Document Technologies, Inc.

Externally Initiated Investigations$667,186

  • Margolis & Healy
  • Lightfoot, Franklin, White LCC
  • Buchanan Ingersoll

Indemnified Persons' Legal Defense*: (Schultz, Curley, Spanier): $2,812,396

  • Farrell & Reisinger
  • Caroline M. Roberto
  • Vaira & Riley
  • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Klink & Co.
  • Corporate Security and Investigation
  • Bix-X-Bit, LLC
  • Gover, Perry, & Shore
  • Gentile Meinert Assoc
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • General Employees' Defense

Other Institutional Expenses$1,564,791

Total as of Sept. 30: $23,547,634

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for his sex crimes, and Judge John Cleland told him he will spend his life behind bars. He was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period and is jailed in SCI Greene, a maximum security prison, where he is expected to spend the duration of his life sentence.

Clarification: A previous version of this article portrayed the $23.5 million as the cost for all fees related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. That figure is mostly from legal and public relations fees and does not include the $60 million fine issued by the NCAA as part of its sanctions as well as any civil settlements with Jerry Sandusky's victims, which the university has not disclosed.

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