Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky trial rings up $56,000 price tag for Centre County

Centre County has spent almost $56,000 this year on costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial.

The county commissioners said Tuesday that expenses for the two-week trial, and routine court dates leading up to it, have cost county taxpayers $55,930.

Officials, however, think the county is eligible for reimbursement from the state attorney general’s office for the entire amount.

County Administrator Tim Boyde said the bulk of the expenses — $46,479 — went toward county employees’ wages.

Sheriff’s deputies racked up overtime during the two-week trial as the county beefed up security in and around the courthouse.

The trial attracted a large presence of national and state media, and prompted county officials to operate a second courtroom, something Boyde said drove up costs.

Sandusky’s trial, and another high-profile court case, also cost local municipalities $34,080 for police coverage.

Officers from Bellefonte, State College and Spring, Patton and Ferguson townships and Penn State logged 972 hours during the two weeks of the trials for Sandusky and three men convicted in a spree of sometimes violent robberies and burglaries.

Centre County officials did not include costs for that trial in the Sandusky figures.

Aside from wages, Boyde said the county’s largest expense — $4,612 — was meals and lodging for Sandusky jurors, who were sequestered during deliberations, but not during the rest of the trial.

Boyde said the county also incurred costs for transportation of equipment and travel for staff.

The final price tag for the trial will likely be higher than $56,000 when factoring in costs incurred during sentencing.

Sandusky, who was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts for sexually abusing 10 young boys, is awaiting sentencing in the Centre County Correctional Facility.

Meanwhile, Boyde said the county will submit its costs to the state Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, for reimbursement.

Boyde said the county has yet to receive word on how much it can expect from the state, but added officials believe the entire amount is eligible for reimbursement.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter