Judge refuses to dismiss Pa. lawsuit over Penn State fine

Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Pennsylvania officials that seeks to ensure a $60 million fine on Penn State University is spent in the state.

The university -- in a settlement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting boys on campus -- agreed to the fine, to be spent on programs for abused children.

Sandusky is serving a 30-to 60-year sentence for molesting boys he met through a children's charity he founded.

A state judge in Harrisburg rejected the NCAA arguments Wednesday that state Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican whose district includes Penn State, and state Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, have no standing to intervene in the case, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The NCAA said it has not yet decided whether to appeal.

"Sen. Corman and I have never disputed the intention to spend the money on child abuse prevention and victim assistance," McCord said. "But I know this money should stay in Pennsylvania, and the NCAA should not be exempt from complying with Pennsylvania law."

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