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Attorney General Kane Releases Report on Sandusky Investigation

Miscommunication and lack of urgency in investigating. Those are some of the findings in a report reviewing the child molestation case of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky. The review was ordered by State Attorney General Kathleen Kane. She said it was important for the people of Pennsylvania to find out why it took nearly three years to complete.
Attorney General Kane says she would have handled the Jerry Sandusky case much differently.
 Kane insists that Sandusky would have been off the street much sooner had investigators had a sense of urgency.
 Pennsylvania Attorney General and specially appointed Deputy Attorney General H. Geoffrey Moulton unveiled the findings of an investigation into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.
   Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually molesting 10 young boys over a 15 year period. Kane had promised during her campaign for Attorney General to look into the Sandusky case because questions were raised by why it took so long to arrest the former Penn State Football icon. There was talk that somehow governor Tom Corbett--who was the attorney general at the time--delayed the investigation so as not to offend Penn State supporters.  At the time, he was  running for governor.
  As for a political motivation on the part of Corbett?
 

PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane-  said
"There was no direct evidence, there was no email, no confessions, no statement that indicated that the attorney general did it for political reasons. What appeared to be there was a lack of urgency on the part of leadership. Why... We don't know. That's going to be up to the public to decide."

The report-which was handled by a former federal prosecutor  found that the lead investigator in the Sandusky case wanted to file charges in March of 2010 based on the testimony of one of Sandusky's victims. 
   But was told by the leadership in the Attorney General's office--not Corbett himself--  that more victims were necessary to charge Sandusky.   The case eventually went before a Grand Jury in 2011 and Sandusky was arrested in November of that year.

 
"A reporter Questioned: Are you saying Tom Corbett mishandled the investigation? Attorney General Kane- "I'm not saying that . I am saying we have a factual report in front of us... This factual report indicates that there are long periods of time where nothing happened... Long periods of delays that we can't explain."

  "As I have said many times this investigation was conducted appropriately and timely. Because of the complexity of the case and for the sake of the victims, the investigators were careful to explore all the evidence to the fullest extent."

At the end of the news conference, Attorney General Kane dropped a bomb shell of sorts when she said that two more victims came forward in the fall of 2009.  Some 6 months after the Attorney General received their first complaint in march of that year.  But their cases were never prosecuted--Kane said she would not elaborate on those two other supposed victims so as to protect their identity and that those victims did not want to come forward because Sandusky was eventually tried and convicted.

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