Penn State has received settlement offers from men who claim they were abused by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, the lawyer overseeing the negotiations said Monday.
Kenneth Feinberg said there are about 30 men negotiating with Penn State, with offers for about 25 of them. Feinberg declined to speak to the amounts of the offers.
Feinberg said he expected Penn State to respond in due time.
A university spokesman declined to comment.
Penn State retained Feinberg in September to handle the negotiation process between the attorneys for men who claim Sandusky abused them and the university.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson said it was “the right thing” to do in providing “a just outcome for the victims” and avoid putting them through civil trials.
Penn State had the goal of getting the settlements finalized by the end of the year.
The number of men making claims has risen, from what Feinberg said was in the range of 20 to 25 in December to 30 as of Monday.
Eight testified against Sandusky at trial in June.
Tom Kline, a Philadelphia lawyer representing one of the young men who testified against Sandusky, declined to address specifics about the negotiations, saying it is not in his client’s best interest.
“The confidential negotiations are at a delicate and sensitive stage and best private between various parties and PSU,” Kline said. “Public statements at this particular point pertaining to demands and offers, in my view, do not advance Penn State’s end game of settling the claims globally.”
Attorneys not affiliated with the case have said resolving the claims and lawsuits could end up costing Penn State tens of millions of dollars. Penn State is already on the hook for more than $80 million in costs that have arisen from the fallout of the Sandusky scandal.
One of the victims who filed suit against Penn State is Aaron Fisher, the young man from Clinton County whose report of abuse led to the investigation into Sandusky. Fisher sued in Philadelphia court, and earlier this year, a judge stayed the suit at Penn State’s request.
Penn State has been sued by other men who have alleged that Sandusky abused them but did not testify at the trial. Those have been stayed as well.
Sandusky is in solitary confinement at the state prison in Greene County, serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for sexually abusing 10 young boys.