Jerry Sandusky: Prosecutors And Police Accused Of Causing Delays In CaseBy: Val Powell - June 25, 2014
On Monday, a report containing details on Jerry Sandusky’s case was released. Based on the report, the prosecutors and police are at fault for the delays in pressing charges. The report also stated that there was no evidence of political interference.
Sandusky is a retired football coach from Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, an investigation was conducted because of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered the investigation since the case was taking too long. According to former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, there was a three-year lapse in filing charges due to communication problems.
Kane said, “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.”
Sandusky, 70, was convicted in 2012 of 45 criminal counts of sexual abuse. Several men testified that Sandusky would grope them in the shower and even have anal and oral sex with them.
Sandusky admitted that he showered with the boys, but he denied any wrongdoing. Penn State settled and agreed to pay $60 million to dozens of boys who were sexually abused by Sandusky.
While running for attorney general in 2012, Kane implied that Gov. Tom Corbett deliberately slowed down the investigation for political reasons. However, Monday’s reports revealed that political interference was not a cause of the delay. Moulton said on Monday that they “found no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the investigation.”
A state hearing examiner also suggested that Sandusky’s $4,900 monthly pension should be reinstated. Hearing examiner Michael Bangs, however, said that the 2004 pension law states that sexual offense is one of the crimes that can be a cause of pension forfeiture, but it does not apply to criminals who commit their crimes after receiving pension.
The State Employee’s Retirement System will decide whether Sandusky’s pension should be reinstated.
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