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Kane investigation tops $180K, reveals no political motivation

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 08:35 PM EDT

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

HARRISBURG -- In a report that took more than a year to complete and cost more than $180,000, Pennsylvania's top prosecutor revealed Monday that a review of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation was not politically motivated, but scolded the investigators for waiting too long to make an arrest, which possibly lead to additional abuse.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday the more than 150-page report filed by Special Deputy Attorney General H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., focused on the three years the Sandusky case was being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, which was headed by current Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett was elected attorney general in 2004, won re-election to the position in 2008, but left the office in 2010 when he successfully won the race to be Pennsylvania's governor. The Sandusky investigation reached his office in 2008, which he passed on to Linda Kelly, who was appointed attorney general when Corbett moved into the governor's mansion.

Kane was elected Attorney General in 2012, running on the notion the Sandusky investigation may have been delayed by politics. Kane said Monday that the report clears anyone of any intentional stalling through the investigation for political reasons.

Kane said during her campaign she would not have used a statewide grand jury, which Corbett and his fellow prosecutors utilized in the investigation. Monday, Kane called the grand jury a different tool for prosecutors to use while handling investigations.

The report showed, however, that investigators waited too long to arrest Sandusky in the case, and that involvement of the state's children and youth services agency hampered the investigation because Sandusky was interviewed without any law enforcement present.

More importantly, Kane said, the report revealed that two more children were victimized after the Attorney General's Office got involved in the case.

The cries about the length of time it took to make an arrest were heard shortly after Sandusky was first seen in handcuffs in November 2011.

"[The] report finds that we found no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the investigation," Moulton said. "In fact, there's nothing in the documentary record or witness interviews to suggest that then Attorney General Tom Corbett gave any instructions at all."

Kane did provide additional news regarding the lengthy investigation and the possibility of additional abuse victims.

"There is a question as to whether anybody indicated they were abused by Sandusky after the Office of Attorney General received the referral in the March of 2009, while Sandusky was still walking the streets," Kane said. "The answer to that question is: Two individuals indicated that they were abused by Sandusky in the fall of 2009."

Those two alleged victims have declined to proceed with their cases at this time, Kane said.

The original investigation prosecutors are not happy with Kane's report, stating the bottom line is Sandusky was convicted on more than 40 child sexual abuse-related counts and will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

"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 evidence to the fullest extent," Corbett said in a statement. "As made clear by the Moulton Report, this investigation was never about politics. It was always about the people victimized by this man."

Kane investigation tops $180K, reveals no political motivation


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