Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Open records office sides with PSU over request of campus police documents

HARRISBURG — Penn State has won a round in its refusal to release records of a campus police investigation.

The state Office of Open Records ruled Thursday that Penn State does not have to release any records of a 1998 investigation involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Ruling on a request filed by ESPN, the agency said the university is not a state agency and thus is exempt from most provisions of the state Right-to-Know Law. It said the university is required only to release certain financial records.

Sandusky faces more than 50 charges stemming from what authorities say were assaults on 10 boys in his home, on Penn State property and elsewhere. He has maintained his innocence.