Sandusky Scandal-Related Costs Reach $46 Million in April

Penn State’s costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal through April 30 have been counted and the latest total is $46,854,256.

Penn State releases the totals as they become available and posts them, broken down into categories, on the university’s progress website. It generally takes around 45 days for costs to be adjusted.

Penn State paid the first $12 million of its $60 million fine into an escrow fund in December. The fine is part of the university’s NCAA sanctions. Penn State’s costs also include legal fees, public relations work and consultant costs. University officials say they expect some of the costs to be covered by Penn State’s insurer.

The fees, as compiled by Penn State, are as follows:

  • NCAA Fine: $12,000,000

Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan/Pepper Hamilton LLP$8,169,371 Costs associated with putting together the Freeh Report.

Independent Monitor: $1,610,201 Cost for independent monitor (former Sen. George Mitchell) hired to make sure Penn State acts in accordance with the Freeh report. Mitchell is expected to release his fourth quarterly report on Penn State in August.

  • DLA Piper, LLP

Board of Trustees – Legal Services, Consulting Services and Communications$6,523,053

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Ketchum
  • Kekst and Company Inc.
  • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
  • Domus Inc
  • The Academy Group
  • TAI
  • KPMG
  • Guidepost Solutions

University Legal Services/Defense$10,106,882

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

Externally Initiated Investigations$660,425

  • Margolis & Healy
  • Lightfoot, Franklin, White LCC
  • Buchanan Ingersoll
  • Saul Ewing
  • Other

Indemnified Persons’ Legal Defense: $5,822,324 These are costs associated with the legal defense for former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier.

  • Farrell & Reisinger
  • Caroline M. Roberto
  • Vaira & Riley
  • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Gover, Perry, & Shore
  • Gentile Meinert Assoc
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • General Indemnified Persons’ Defense
  • Various Vendors

Other Institutional Expenses$1,962,000

Total as of April 30, 2013: $46,854,256

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30-60 year prison sentence for his sex crimes. He was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse in June 2012.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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