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Penn State spent $3.2M after sex scandal

  |   Feb. 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Penn State University says it spent $3.2 million on PR and legal services in the two months after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested.

The document the university released Tuesday lists 18 individuals and companies that received payments, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Penn State did not include vouchers to show the services each one provided.

Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 with molesting boys he met through a charity he founded for at-risk children. Two university officials were also arrested, charged with failing to report Sandusky to law enforcement, and Joe Paterno, who had been at Penn State for more than 60 years as assistant and then head football coach, was fired.

Penn State launched a Web site Tuesday, openness.psu.edu, that officials say will keep the public informed about university affairs.

Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Public Records, told the newspaper legislators may move to bring Penn State and some other universities that receive state aid under the Right To Know law. She said the law goes beyond what Penn State has been willing to disclose so far and could, for example, force the release of details about its settlements with Paterno, who died Jan. 22, and with Graham Spanier, who resigned as president in the wake of the scandal.

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