Judge orders release of Jerry Sandusky accuser settlement records
A Philadelphia judge has ordered for the public release of records from Penn State’s settlements with Jerry Sandusky’s accusers, granting a request made by media outlets, Philly.com reports.
The records will be made public in a month. The documents are believed to include details pertaining to a claim that a boy informed Joe Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him.
The judge, Gary Glazer, disclosed that claim last month when ruling in a dispute between Penn State and its insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Co., regarding payments to Sandusky’s accusers. The court order also stated that an unnamed assistant coach witnessed Sandusky engage in inappropriate contact with children in 1987 and 1988.
The identities of the victims will be withheld from the release.
Prior to Paterno’s death in 2012, he said the first time he heard a complaint about Sandusky was in 2001.
Penn State has paid $92 million in the settlement of 32 civil claims against Sandusky dating back to 1971. The former assistant coach is currently serving prison time after being found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse.