HARRISBURG, Pa. (WJZ)—Long delays and bad communication. A new report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case finds the former Penn State coach may have evaded prosecution for nearly three years as the case stalled.
Mary Bubala reports the investigative report reveals there was a lack of urgency in charging Sandusky.
“There are questions of inexcusable delays. Why those delays took place? We don’t know,” said Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania attorney general.
The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kane, blamed a three-year time lapse on filing charges against the former Penn State coach on communication problems and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.
Former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton wrote the new report. He says it took investigators two years to finally issue a warrant to search Sandusky’s home.
“When the search finally did happen, it uncovered unquestionably valuable evidence, including photographs of Sandusky victims and lists of Second Mile campers with asterisks next to some of their names that later turned out to line up with people that Sandusky had victimized,” Moulton said.
The abuse scandal rocked Penn State, and eventually Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
But the report reveals while the case against Sandusky stalled, at least two young people were abused by him.
“After the office of attorney general received the referral in March of 2009 and while Sandusky was walking the streets, that answer to that question is two individuals have indicated they were abused by Sandusky in the fall of 2009,” Kane said.
The report found no evidence that politics influenced the 32-month state probe.
Sandusky is appealing his 30-60-year state prison sentence.
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