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Penn State Bracing For Civil Suits Following Jerry Sandusky Verdict

Jerry Sandusky is off to prison following his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The fallout continues for Penn State, where Sandusky served as an assistant football coach for years, as the school braces for a series of civil suits around the institution's role in the scandal. The prosecution may also pursue charges against school officials deemed culpable in allowing the former coach to perpetrate his actions.

Tom Kline, the attorney for Victim No. 5, is one party likely to file suit. Kline spoke to the StateCollege.com.

"I frankly am more interested in the first instance and what they did, how they enabled Mr. Sandusky and how they can improve themselves.

"This isn't about money. Mr. Amendola said it's about money. That was rejected. What this is about is young men who were violated, and so we now have to look to who was responsible. There's two sets of circumstances, the perpetrator and the enabler. We now have to turn our attention to Penn State."

Subpoenas were issued to a number of Penn State officials earlier this year, including president Rodney Erickson. Those individuals have yet to appear in front of a grand jury.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh led an independent investigation into the failings of the system at the school. A report detailing those findings along with recommendations to prevent further incidents is expected later in the summer.

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