Eight of the 31 victims of Jerry Sandusky have settled their claims against Penn State University, including Sandusky’s adopted son. They had some harsh words for the university.
Victims 3, 7, and 10 released statements through their lawyers. From the AP:
“Penn State is not great for settling something that could have been stopped years ago,” Victim 3 said. “What makes a school great is stopping these things no matter what negative effect it has on their reputation or what bad press it might bring.”
Victim 7 said he regretted knowing Sandusky.
“Despite the settlements, my life will never feel `back to normal.’ If I had the power to go back in time and not ever meet Jerry Sandusky, I wouldn’t hesitate,” he said.
Victim 10 said the settlement would help make amends but couldn’t change what had happened to him.
“It’s not about the money. It’s about holding people accountable for the things that they have done,” he said.
Eight men testified against Sandusky last year. He is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for child molestation and other crimes. PSU trustees allowed $60 million to be used for the claims. They have used $50 million, but that does not include the victims.
Lawyer Matt Casey represented seven victims, including the adopted son and Victim 2, who was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified he saw Sandusky attacking in the shower.
He also represented Victim 5, who settled last week. His case was pivotal because Sandusky abused him in August 2001 after top officials at PSU were notified of Sandusky’s behavior with another boy in the shower.