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Gov. Corbett meets with investigator over Sandusky case

Updated: Saturday, May 31 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

By: Marc Stempka

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's spokeswoman said he has met with the investigator examining his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case while he was attorney general.

The governor's communications director told The Associated Press Friday that the meeting was earlier this week. She declined to provide other details.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane began the investigation in February 2013 and put ex-federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., in charge.

Kane was looking for answers about why it took nearly three years after the first victim was identified to bring charges against Sandusky, the Penn State football team's former defensive line coach.

Corbett was running for governor during one year of the investigation. He has denied politics played a role in the length of the probe.

A grand jury looking into Sandusky's crimes was convened and had been meeting for several years prior to his arrest on child sex abuse charges in November 2011. Corbett was the state's attorney general at the time the Sandusky grand jury convened.

Corbett was elected attorney general in 2004 and won re-election in 2008. He left office after winning the gubernatorial race in 2010, and then appointed Linda Kelly for the position. Kelly oversaw the prosecution and investigators who worked to convict Sandusky.

Kane said in a news release in February that the findings of her internal investigation would be delayed because information that was uncovered at that time would require a judge's review.

Additionally, Kane said there were other unexpected factors that slowed the investigation. One of them was the time-consuming challenge of collecting written records, specifically emails, Kane said.

Some of those emails were initially believed to have been permanently removed from office computers and were unrecoverable, Kane said. Some of those emails were then able to be recovered following additional investigation.

Another factor Kane cited in February for the investigation's delay was additional information previously not made public prior to the Sandusky grand jury findings would need to be made public. That information would require judicial review.

Kane also said those who will be discussed in the report should also be allowed due process and fairness to review and comment on portions of the internal investigation.

"The release of the review findings will be determined only by the time necessary to complete a comprehensive review," Kane said in February. "I remain fully committed to that approach. Pennsylvanians deserve that full and true story, and I will not permit a rush to judgment to interfere with a thorough review."

Prosecutors said Sandusky used the charity as a way to identify potential abuse victims. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse in June 2012. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in a state prison.

Three former Penn State administrators, former university President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President for Business Gary Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they covered up Sandusky's abuses, some of which happened on Penn State's main campus in Centre County.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

Gov. Corbett meets with investigator over Sandusky case


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