By the Associated Press
Penn State recently paid out an additional $16 million to people with claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, raising the total over several years to more than $100 million.
The school previously said it settled with 33 people for $93 million, so the additional payments bring the running total to $109 million.
Last year’s payments mean Penn State’s overall Sandusky-related costs now exceed a quarter-billion dollars.
The university also disclosed in its annual financial statement released Friday that it spent at least $4.9 million last year on Sandusky scandal-related internal investigations and costs.
The annual financial report said the school settled last month with Mike McQueary, a former assistant coach who alerted then-head coach Joe Paterno in 2001 about seeing Sandusky abusing a boy in a team shower.
McQueary has previously won a $12.3 million verdict from a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit last year, along with $1.7 million in legal fees.
The report said the settlement was “for a lesser amount” than the jury awarded, but the agreement was confidential.
Sandusky, 73, is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for sexual abuse of boys, including attacks that occurred in campus facilities.
He lost a ruling last month that denied him a new trial and also rejected his request to have charges dismissed. His lawyers are expected to appeal.