PSU settles five more child sex abuse cases

Five more victims settled child sex abuse claims against Pennsylvania State University in connection with its former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

And there was a possibility of two more finalizing claims before the end of the evening, said Michael K. Rozen, the university-hired lawyer working on the settlements.

That would bring the total to eight - nearly a third of the 26 cases expected to be settled as part of a global agreement. The first case, a multi-million dollar settlement involving a 25-year-old man known as Victim 5 who said he was assaulted in a campus shower, was completed last Friday.

Victims identified in the court proceedings as 2, 3, 7 and 10 also have settled, said Philadelphia lawyer Joel Feller, whose firm represents seven victims. Victim 2 is the man who said he was assaulted in a shower room, an encounter witnessed and reported by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary.

Feller said he expected his other cases to be completed soon as well.

The university has approved spending $60 million to settle the cases.