Documents related to Penn State settlements in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal have been unsealed.
As promised in June, a Philadelphia judge made the records public Tuesday morning after being petitioned by a group of media outlets, including the Centre Daily Times.
In an order posted at 6:57 a.m. Tuesday, Judge Gary Glazer said “this court releases simultaneously with the filing of this order, appropriate redacted copies of the exhibits formerly filed under seal in this matter.”
The matter in question is the lawsuit between Penn State and its liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association. Another Glazer order in the case in May unearthed information that payments had been made to those alleging child sex abuse as far back as the 1970s.
“In several instances, these exhibits were filed in conjunction with exhibits that required no redaction. In order to insure that all exhibits are part of the unsealed public record, the parties are required to re-filed the exhibits that require no redaction by attaching them" to new filings, Glazer wrote.
That must be done by Friday.
Penn State had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to file an appeal of Glazer's order unsealing the documents.
Among the documents is a September 2015 expert opinion from Raymond Williams, a partner in Northport Financial LLC in Cranford, N.J., which says Penn State should have disclosed to PMA information about Sandusky’s “inappropriate sexual contact with minors that it had received over the years.”
Those include, according to Williams, a 1976 report by an alleged victim to late Nittany Lions football head coach Joe Paterno, an incident in 1987 said to be witnessed by assistant football coach Joseph Sarra, an incident in 1988 said to be witnessed by assistant football coach Kevin O’Dea and a report by an alleged victim referred to athletic director Jim Tarman in 1988.
The CDT is reviewing the hundreds of pages of documents released Tuesday and will be posting updates throughout the day.