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Sandusky Investigation Had Delays, Missteps, Report Finds

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In this October 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (2nd R) leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

By    |   Monday, 23 Jun 2014 07:59 PM

"Crucial missteps and inexplicable delays" in the investigation into former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky allowed two additional boys to be abused, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane alleged Monday.

However, two former prosecutors connected with the case, as well as a private investigator, countered that no additional victims were assaulted.

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The report Kane commissioned from Widener University law professor Geoff Moulton did not mention additional victims, but did talk about the delays.

A news release cited findings that it took a year, from March 2009 until March 2010, for the attorney general’s office to recommend charging Sandusky and that there was a five-month gap between a draft written by prosecutor Jonelle Eshbach for filing multiple charges against Sandusky and when senior leadership took action.

"This was a full and fair review," Kane said in the release. "The facts show an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator. The report documents that more investigative work took place in just one month in 2011 than in all of either 2009 or 2010."

"You look at the report and what [Kane said at] the press conference said, they don't match up," Randy Feathers, now retired as head of the attorney general's criminal investigation unit, told the Chicago Tribune. "You have to ask why."

"In short, there is no clearly 'right' answer to the question whether Sandusky should have been charged in 2010, particularly since the question turned to a great degree on the necessarily speculative forecast of how [victim 1] would fare as a trial witness," Moulton’s report said. "Reasonable minds differed at the time and continue to do so today."

Others involved with the Sandusky case “blasted” Kane and the way she handled the report, the Tribune said.

Frank Fina, a co-counsel on the case, told the Tribune that investigating how then-AG Tom Corbett handled the case was a campaign promise Kane made.

“It was a trick she used to get elected and Moulton didn't deliver for her [in his report],” Fina told the Tribune.

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"Crucial missteps and inexplicable delays" in the investigation into former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky allowed two additional boys to be abused, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane alleged Monday.
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