On Monday, the attorney general’s office will issue its internal review of the pace of the state’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Special Deputy Attorney General Geoffrey Moulton Jr., the former federal prosecutor who led the review, will discuss the results of the report upon its release Monday morning.
When Ms. Kane, a Democrat, took office nearly 18 months ago, she did so following a yearlong political campaign during which she questioned why the investigation into Sandusky, a former Penn State University football coach, took nearly three years to complete.
She also questioned whether Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the former state attorney general who at the time was running for the state’s top office, slowed the Sandusky investigation so as not to offend Penn State donors and mid-state voters. Mr. Corbett has repeatedly said such questions are baseless, and challenged Ms. Kane to come up with “one piece of evidence, one sentence of evidence, one thread of evidence.”
Earlier this month, a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer said that Ms. Kane’s office had essentially arrived at the same conclusion: “A review has found no evidence that then-Attorney General Tom Corbett delayed the investigation into serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky for political gain,” the newspaper said.
But, according to three people who have read Moulton report, the review raises questions about the pace of the investigation. Critics of the investigation have suggested that state authorities should have brought charges against Sandusky after the first of his accusers came forward, but Mr. Corbett’s and his defenders have said that the attorney general’s office needed more time and evidence.
The state’s investigation into Sandusky began in early 2009, when a teen boy from Clinton County told authorities that Sandusky had abused him serially over a four-year period. But Sandusky wasn’t arrested an charged until Nov. 5, 2011.
He was later convicted, and in October 2012 was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison.