Kane to Release Report on Sandusky Investigation

A new report on the investigation of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky will be released on Monday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that she would release a report from Special Deputy Attorney General H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. reviewing the investigation of Sandusky.

The report will be released during a news conference at 10:30 a.m. on Monday in the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg.

Sandusky, 70, was a longtime defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team. He was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

The investigation into how the Sandusky case was handled has its roots in Kane's successful 2012 campaign to become the first Democrat and the first woman to be elected Pennsylvania's attorney general. During the campaign, she repeatedly questioned why it took nearly three years for charges to be filed against Sandusky.

In February 2013, Kane appointed Moulton, a Widener Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, to lead an investigation on Governor Tom Corbett’s handling of the child abuse case while he was attorney general and why it took so long to bring charges against Sandusky.

Moulton met with Governor Corbett during his investigation. The Republican governor’s communications director did not reveal the details of the meeting.

Corbett is running for a second term this year, and Moulton's report, no matter its findings, is certain to become fodder for both sides on the campaign trail in the coming months.

The Sandusky criminal investigation began while Corbett was serving as attorney general and continued through 2010, the year Corbett made his run for governor. Sandusky was arrested in November 2011, a year after Corbett's election.

The governor has cited the successful prosecution of Sandusky as proof that the state investigation was effective and strongly denied suggestions that he didn't want the investigation to become public while he was campaigning for governor.
He said early on he would likely meet with Moulton, but he suggested Kane's probe was politically motivated.

"Anybody can come in and sit down and Monday morning quarterback decisions, OK? But for a true investigation, there has to be some criminal act. I know I didn't commit any criminal act. None, zero,'' he said in late 2012.

During testimony at Sandusky's criminal trial in June 2012, an investigator with the attorney general's office, Anthony Sassano, said the case began in late 2008 when a state trooper interviewed a young man from Lock Haven who was one of Sandusky's victims.
Sassano said the case was turned over to state prosecutors in early 2009, after the local prosecutor raised a conflict of interest, and a grand jury began to take testimony that summer. An anonymous tip to the district attorney in the State College area alerted investigators that former assistant coach Mike McQueary may have information in the matter and Sandusky was put under surveillance, Sassano said.

“It was a daunting task to try to get others to come forward,'' Sassano said on the stand, noting the nature of the abuse the victims suffered.

Investigators obtained lists of boys who participated in events through a charity for children that Sandusky founded, identified boys in photos from Sandusky's autobiography ``Touched'' and searched his home and a storage facility at Penn State, Sassano said.
The Patriot-News reported on the existence of the grand jury investigation at the end of March 2011. About seven months later, the attorney general's office filed criminal molestation charges against Sandusky and charged athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz with perjury and other offenses for an alleged criminal cover-up. Similar charges were filed later against former Penn State president Graham Spanier.

Charges against the three former Penn State administrators are pending. All three deny the allegations.

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