The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has cost Penn State nearly a quarter-billion dollars, according to a report published by the Associated Press on Saturday.
It’s been more than five years since Sandusky — a longtime Penn State assistant football coach — was arrested on child molestation charges, and it’s now cost the university at least $237 million, says the Associated Press. The AP outlined some of the costs, including the $12 million that former assistant Mike McQueary was recently awarded in a whistle blower lawsuit.
The costs include a $48 million fine that was part of the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State in 2012. The money from the fine goes to anti-child abuse efforts. Penn State has also settled with 33 people who said they were abused by Sandusky, according to the AP, which has totaled $93 million in payments.
The costs should continue to rise for the school as there are still unsettled lawsuits and court cases involving the scandal.
Sandusky, 72, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison (effectively a life sentence) in 2012.