Sandusky's Autobiography Helped Cops Find Victims

Questions fly over lengthy investigation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2012 2:04 PM CST
Jerry Sandusky Book 'Touched' Helped Find Victims in Penn State Sex Abuse Case
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left, and his wife Dottie Sandusky arrive for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A simple Google search on Jerry Sandusky could have saved police a lot of time. Instead, it wasn't until a year into the investigation of Sandusky's alleged child abuse that authorities learned about his autobiography, Touched—which helped them track down four more victims. In late 2009, police found the second alleged victim through a campus police report; the victim's mother told them about Touched, available in the campus bookstore.

Using the book, the mother pointed out four more alleged victims, she tells the Patriot-News. The report raises new questions about why the case took three years to investigate, the paper notes. Some, including Democratic candidates for state attorney general, have suggested that then-state attorney general Tom Corbett delayed the probe until after his election as governor. The candidates have pledged to examine the office's handling of the case. (More Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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