Penn State has just agreed to a giant settlement with a 25-year-old man — “Victim 5″ in the court documents — who was sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky back in 2001.
Michael K. Rozen, the lawyer hired by Penn State to help with the case, said the settlement was in the multimillion-dollar range because of the temporal proximity between Victim 5 being assault and former graduate assistant Michael McQueary reporting Sandusky’s transgressions to the university:
There are categories of relative value. Within those categories, there is a hierarchy. Certainly, Tom’s client, ‘Number 5,’ sits at the top of the top grouping. There may be one or two other claims up there as well (Philadelphia Inquirer).
The pivotal issue from the university’s perspective in dealing with the victims is where the incident occurred and when it occurred proximate to the 2001 shower incident. ‘Number 5′ is probably the singular one of the claims that has come to the university’s attention where it absolutely, positively could have been stopped.
Many of the other 26 claims are also expected to be settled this week. We’ll keep you updated as news comes in.
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer]