The long-awaited report from the office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane on the state’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations, has determined that no indication has been found that politics influenced any important decision in the case, but it does imply that the probe was not handled as effectively as it could have been, due in part to the simultaneous investigation into the so-called “Bonusgate” scandal.
The report was released Monday by special investigator Geoffrey Moulton. It says the facts suggest that the slow early stage of the Sandusky investigation “was less affected by a lack of resources than by the failure to take investigative steps that did not necessarily require additional resources.”
Moulton’s report found no evidence that Governor Tom Corbett, who at the outset of the Sandusky probe was the state’s Attorney General, was responsible for placing political pressure on, or slowing down the investigation during his campaign for Governor. As a matter of fact, the report states that Corbett “never made any substantive decisions related to the conduct of the investigation.”
The report does say it took two years for investigators to take their most-productive step in their probe. That was the discovery of four additional alleged victims to bolster the claims of the sole original witness who prosecutors worried was “fragile” and might be a deterrent in the prosecution of Sandusky. Moulton also described as “difficult to defend” the delay in obtaining a search warrant for Sandusky’s home.
Moulton recommends that the Attorney General’s office should, in the future, clearly identify the cases that require the most attention “from the executive level.”