The lawyers for 19 men who sued Penn State in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal have settled with the university.
Four lawyers were representing the 19 young men who sued Penn State, including some who testified at Sandusky’s trial in 2012, the Associated Press reported. Sandusky, the assistant football coach for the school under late longtime head coach Joe Paterno, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period (not every alleged victim testified). Penn State also faced sanctions against its football team in connection with the sex scandal.
Lawyers for the 19 claimants said many of them have been given checks from Penn State, with the school saying it would earmark $60 million to pay claims related to the Sandusky sex scandal.
Ben Andreozzi, an attorney in Harrisburg, Pa., told the AP that he was one of four lawyers who helped settle nine of the 19 claims.
"They're getting the resources they need to navigate hurdles that have been thrown in front of them," Andreozzi said of the claimants.
Andreozzi would not disclose the settlement amounts.
"Does it wipe out all their problems? No," he said. "Does it give them the resources they need to get their lives back on track? Yes."
Penn State has not said how many men have sued the school, but the university told AP that it plans to eventually release that figure as well as the total settlement amounts.