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Penn State: Sandusky case costing millions

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a bail conditions hearing Feb. 10, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pa.
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(CBS) - Pennsylvania State University says it has run up nearly $3.2 million in combined legal, consultant and public relations fees pertaining to the investigation of child sex-abuse charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, CNN reports.

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A new Penn State website made the financial information related to the case public. It was launched as an initiative of university President Rod Erikson and board of trustees members to prompt more open communications for students and faculty pertaining to  the investigation, said Lanny Davis, legal counsel to the university.

The website says the university will not use alumni donations, student tuition or taxpayer dollars to cover the costs. Penn State believes general insurance policies, and interest from a loan repaid to the school will pay the bill.

The school says almost $2.5 million of the fees stem from Penn State's internal investigation and crisis communications team costs. Almost half a million dollars has been spent on university legal defense services.

Sandusky is under house arrest as he awaits a May trial on the child sex assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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