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State education department ordered to release emails related to Sandusky

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 cases of sexual abuse. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 cases of sexual abuse.

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ordered the state's education department to release 644 pages of emails pertaining to abuse at Penn State, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

According to a report, the education department is trying to block correspondence that took place between former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis and Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's Office of General Counsel about the handling of the child sex abuse case involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. 

The Education Department has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years for sexually abusing several boys over a 15-year period.

The NCAA ordered the school to pay a $60 million fine, stripped the football program of scholarships and banned the team from participating in the postseason until 2016. The program will have 75 scholarships this season, 80 in 2015 and will receive a full allotment of 85 in 2016.

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