There is no silver lining to the case of Jerry Sandusky and the various counts of sexual abuse that he was charged with and now convicted of. The criminal trial came to an end last week, with a guilty verdict against the once idolized, now former Pennsylvania State University coach. To be specific, he was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse.
Sentencing will come at a later date, but it might not happen as quickly as some would hope because the infamous figure and his new defense team reportedly plan to appeal the convictions. Still, officials at Penn State are using the recently announced guilty verdict to affect their actions regarding the personal injury lawsuits that have been filed against the school as the result of Sandusky's behavior and other school employees' supposed negligence surrounding the abuse.
Reuters reports that two supposed Sandusky victims have filed civil suits against the school. Those plaintiffs likely heard the verdict in the criminal case last week and felt even more confident about their negligence cases. Before those cases even had a chance to move forward with the criminal case potentially over, Penn State has stepped forward to try to bring the civil cases to an end.
Instead of heading to court, the school has formally invited the plaintiffs to a meeting where the parties can discuss a possible settlement. The school essentially wants to put this ugly matter behind them, according to a statement, and get the victims compensation that they are satisfied with.
There's been no word whether the plaintiffs and their attorneys have agreed to the meeting. They might want to make the civil trial public, maybe because they want the world to understand more thoroughly the negligence that they believe led to sexual abuse and/or because they believe that a jury would award them more money.
When there are developments in this case, we will post an update.
Source: Reuters, "UPDATE 1-Penn State moves swiftly on Sandusky sex abuse civil suits," Ian Simpson, June 24, 2012