Penn State's legal costs in Sandusky case nearly $12M

| Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:42 p.m.

Penn State's costs for legal counsel and consultants stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case were $11.9 million as of April 30, university officials announced today.

Costs included $7.64 million for the university's internal investigation and crisis communications; $2.6 million in university legal fees; $50,178 for external investigations; $870,335 for legal costs for university officers including athletic director Tim Curley, retired vice president Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier, as well as $742,584 for “other institutional expenses.”

Sandusky, 68, a retired Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, last week was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, often in university facilities.

Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges that they failed to report allegations against Sandusky and then lied about it to a grand jury. They maintain their innocence.

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