Penn State University has three civil lawsuits pending against it for the failure to protect children from being sexually assaulted on campus by one-time assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Ira Lubert, a member of the PSU Board of Trustees, said Friday the lawsuits are for "negligence, negligent supervision, premises liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to endanger children." Lubert said he expects an additional fourth case to be filed soon. The three current cases are filed under John Doe names in Philadelphia.
"The University has announced that it had plans to offer to all plaintiffs an opportunity to resolve claims against the University in a fair manner, through a process of facilitated claims resolution," Lubert said at the Trustees' meeting. "The University's lawyers will soon begin the process of reaching out to to the plaintiffs counsel to discuss this opportunity."
The state attorney general and the United States attorney's office for middle district of Pennsylvania are continuing their investigations into potential further criminal prosecution of Sandusky, former Senior Vice President‐Finance and Business Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Timothy Curley.
Lubert, vice chair of the Trustee's committee on audit, risk, legal and compliance, said at the university's request, two of the cases have been stayed pending the criminal proceedings.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary plans to file a whistle-blower lawsuit against the school. McQueary has officially filed a writ of summons, announcing that he will be seeking "monetary damages outside of arbitration limits for an employment dispute."
McQueary was a graduate assistant when he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a child in a shower on Penn State's campus. He reported it within 24 hours to Joe Paterno, the football team's then-head coach. Paterno ultimately decided not to report Sandusky to authorities or remove him from campus. After Sandusky's initial arrest in November 2011, McQueary was placed on administrative leave.
"No response is due from the University at this time but we do not believe Mr. McQuery's claims have any merit," Lubert said.
The announcement at the Trustees' meeting the civil lawsuits have been filed come a day after the Freeh report was released, detailing a 13 year long cover up of Sandusky's crimes by top Penn State officials. Legal experts believed the report would fuel potential civil lawsuits.
Sandusky was convicted of child molestation charges in a criminal court last month.
Following a three-year investigation, the former Penn State player and assistant coach was <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2011/11/07/grand_jury_presentment_story.aspx" target="_hplink">indicted</a> on Nov. 4 on 40 counts of sexual crimes against male minors that occurred over the span of more than a decade -- the first alleged recorded incident of abuse <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/07/justice/pennsylvania-coach-abuse-timeline/?hpt=ju_c2" target="_hplink">dates back to 1994,</a> and Sandusky was first investigated in 1998.. The allegations have rocked Penn State's storied athletic program to its core, raising questions of who in the program knew what -- and how much -- when.
<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/penn_state/133338298.html" target="_hplink">McQueary</a> was a graduate assistant at Penn State when he allegedly witnessed coach Jerry Sandusky sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in a locker room shower. Shocked by what he saw, he reported it to head coach Joe Paterno, who then told Athletic Director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz. Ten days after McQueary saw the incident, Curley and Schutlz told him that they were not going to report it to police.
The famed Nittany Lions coach was allegedly informed of Sandusky's actions in 2002, after which he reported them to Athletic Director Tim Curley. He claims that he did not know the full extent of Sandusky's actions. In a statement, Paterno said that "the fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling." Joe Paterno <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/22/joe-paterno-dead-ex-penn-state-football-coach-obit_n_1221946.html" target="_hplink">passed away from lung cancer </a>on Jan. 22, 2012.
The Daily Collegian reports that Penn State senior vice president for finance and business <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz</a> was known for his family values. However, Schultz allegedly lied to authorities about what he knew in regards to Sandusky's actions, and may have been aware of them for years. He has since resigned from his job. A judge ruled in December that<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/tim-curley-gary-schultz-hearing-trial-penn-state_n_1154360.html" target="_hplink"> Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.
Penn State's athletic director was informed of Sandusky's misdeeds as early as 2002, but maintains that he was not aware of their explicit nature. He has been charged with failure to report and has been put on administrative leave. He claims he is innocent. A judge ruled in December that<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/16/tim-curley-gary-schultz-hearing-trial-penn-state_n_1154360.html" target="_hplink">Gary Schultz and Curley will be tried</a> on charges of lying to a grand jury.
Penn State President Spanier, left, recently wrote to the Penn State Daily Collegian that he believed he had the best job in American education. Now, students and alumni are <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2011/11/07/Petition_to_fire_president_spanier.aspx" target="_hplink">calling for him to be fired</a> in the wake of horrific sexual abuse accusations against former coach Jerry Sandusky.
The Second Mile
Sandusky's <a href="http://www.thesecondmile.org/" target="_hplink">charity,</a> founded in 1977, allowed him unfettered access to young boys under the guise of selflessness.
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