Gov. Corbett meets with special prosecutor reviewing Sandusky investigation

mcarroll@centredaily.comMay 30, 2014 

Gov. Tom Corbett met this week with a special prosecutor assigned to review his investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, a spokeswoman for the governor said Friday.

The Associated Press first reported the meeting Friday, and the governor’s communications director, Lynn Lawson, later confirmed it to the Centre Daily Times.

Lawson said she could provide no other details about the meeting.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered the review of her predecessors’ investigation of the Sandusky case after taking office in 2013.

She appointed former federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. to probe the reason it took three years to investigate and charge Sandusky, a question that was a focal point of her campaign for attorney general, which resulted in a landslide victory in 2012.

A spokesperson for the attorney general also declined to comment on the interview.

Moulton has since been investigating how previous attorneys general Tom Corbett, who is now governor, and Corbett’s appointed successor, Linda Kelly, handled allegations against Sandusky between 2009 and 2011.

The investigation, which is more than a year old, has been slowed by issues with getting emails from the Office of the Attorney General and because of grand jury secrecy surrounding some of the evidence, Kane has previously said.

The investigation into Sandusky’s abuse started when a teen, Aaron Fisher, told Clinton County authorities in January 2009 that the former Penn State coach had touched him inappropriately. The case was referred to Centre County’s then-district attorney, Michael Madeira, who referred it to the state attorney general.

Corbett, as attorney general, launched the investigation in March 2009 and used the grand jury to hear secret testimony from a number of witnesses, including the young men who later were described in the presentment that outlined the charges against Sandusky in November 2011.

Corbett handed off the investigation to Kelly, who was appointed attorney general after he became governor in January 2011.

Kane has questioned the use of the grand jury, saying it would have been better to have had trained investigators and prosecutors investigate instead of everyday people on the grand jury.

Corbett has defended the investigation and has pointed to Sandusky’s conviction in June 2012 as evidence that it worked. He suggested Kane’s probe was politically motivated.

“Anybody can come in and sit down and Monday morning quarterback decisions, OK? But for a true investigation, there has to be some criminal act. I know I didn’t commit any criminal act. None, zero,” he said in late 2012.

Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and is serving his time in solitary confinement. He maintains his innocence, but has exhausted his appeals to higher courts.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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