PA AG: “Inexplicable Delays” Harmed Jerry Sandusky Sex-Abuse Probe


Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s review of the investigation into pedophile Jerry Sandusky was supposed to explain why the case took nearly three years to build, and whether it was bogged down by politics. Instead, says the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 166-page report was overshadowed by Kane’s own assertion, not included in the document, that two victims alleged they were sexually abused by Sandusky even while he was under investigation. Kane stood silent as the independent expert she hired to review her predecessors’ handling of the case rejected criticisms she has raised all along: that the inquiry was slowed for political reasons, that it lacked resources, and that it was a mistake to use a grand jury.

The expert, former federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., did sharply criticize part of the 33-month investigation, including delays in searching Sandusky’s home and digging up previous accusations of abuse. His report also cites e-mails from a former prosecutor who was prepared as early as March 2010 to charge Sandusky and was frustrated when, she said, the case “stalled.” Sandusky was not arrested until November 2011. Moulton concluded that the Attorney General’s Office had reason to take its time to gather evidence and build a case around multiple victims. Kane was far more vehement than Moulton, saying “crucial missteps” and “inexplicable delays” had badly harmed the investigation conducted by her predecessors.

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