Probe: Delays in Sandusky Case 'Inexcusable'

But they weren't driven by politics: report
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2014 12:16 PM CDT
Probe: Delays in Sandusky Case 'Inexcusable'
In this June 22, 2012, file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A new report on the child-molestation investigation of Jerry Sandusky reveals "an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator," says Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, who commissioned the report. Delays weren't, however, due to political concerns, the report finds. Kane had previously suggested that now-governor Tom Corbett's gubernatorial campaign might have slowed the process; concerns about the case were at the center of her own campaign, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Corbett was a trustee of Penn State, where Sandusky was a former coach. Had the new report seen politics at play, it could have posed a threat to his re-election campaign, the Inquirer notes.

Still, "the report documents that more investigative work took place in just one month in 2011 than in all of either 2009 or 2010," Kane notes, per the AP. In 2010, the lead prosecutor drafted a grand jury report, but she struggled to get it approved. That report was based on a single victim's claims—likely not enough to get Sandusky convicted, says former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, who wrote the new report on the investigation. Police delayed searching Sandusky's home because they thought "they were unlikely to be productive and would have risked publicly revealing the existence of the investigation," the report says. Had the initial team of investigators been larger, however, they might have noticed a 1998 complaint about Sandusky showering with a child, Moulton said. (More Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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