Report: Politics had no role in Sandusky probe

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2014 9:32 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A review of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case is faulting police and prosecutors for delays but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report released today was ordered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who had suggested politics may have had a role in the Sandusky case.

Kane says the investigation took too long because of "crucial missteps and inexplicable delays.''

The report was critical of a long period during then-Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett's gubernatorial campaign that the investigation was largely dormant. But it blamed a three-year delay in filing charges on communication problems, an earlier complaint being expunged and early investigative missteps.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a long prison sentence.

Governor Corbett released a statement in response to the report: 

“The Sandusky investigation was conducted with a single purpose:  to ensure justice for the victims and families by taking a child predator off the streets. Nothing more. Nothing less.

“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. As made clear by the Moulton Report, this investigation was never about politics.  It was always about the people victimized by this man.

“I am proud of the hard work of men and women who joined in the effort to support and fight for these victims.  It was, however, difficult to see their motives and professionalism called in to question.  The release of this report reaffirms the integrity of their efforts.  It refutes each aspect of the case that the Attorney General and others have questioned; has found no evidence of deliberate delay; and underscores the importance and appropriateness of the methods used in the investigation and subsequent conviction of a child predator.

“As a prosecutor and now Governor, I have dedicated my life’s work to protect all victims of crime, especially the victims of sexual abuse.  My record and actions attest to that. 

“I appreciate Mr. Moulton’s professional approach, thoughtful review and his recommendations.”

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