Penn State abuse scandal costs approach a quarter-billion

    Penn State’s costs related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal are approaching a quarter-billion dollars and growing.

    It’s been five years since the former assistant football coach was arrested on child molestation charges. He’s now in a southwestern Pennsylvania prison.

    The school’s overall cost of the scandal has reached at least $237 million.

    That includes a recent $12 million verdict in the whistleblower and defamation case brought by former assistant coach Mike McQueary, whose testimony helped convict Sandusky in 2012.

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    The university has settled with 33 people over allegations they were sexually abused by Sandusky, and has made total payments to them of $93 million.

    The total also covers the $48 million “fine” levied by the NCAA that is funding anti-child-abuse efforts in Pennsylvania.

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