Expert: Penn State payouts in abuse case surprisingly high

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An expert who reviewed settlements paid by Penn State over sex assault claims involving ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky says the payments of as much as $5.5 million appeared high to “extremely high.”

Lawyer Eric Anderson says the $92 million in total payouts to settle 32 claims might have been fueled by the school’s “concern about publicity” and a wish to resolve matters quickly.

Anderson’s statements were contained in court documents unsealed Tuesday in a dispute between Penn State and its insurer.

Anderson says it appears Penn State “made little effort, if any, to verify the credibility of the claims of the individuals.”

A lawyer who helped mediate claims against Penn State said last week the university was diligent in making sure the claims were backed up.

Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years on a 45-count child molestation conviction.

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