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AG Kathleen Kane Names Moulton to Head Investigation of Corbett's Handling of Jerry Sandusky Child Sex Abuse Case

by on February 04, 2013 3:06 PM

A former federal prosecutor will lead the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s internal investigation into Gov. Corbett’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Monday afternoon.

H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. will serve as Special Deputy Attorney General and report directly to Kane, according to the press release, which states he will immediately start his work.

"Mr. Moulton is a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts surrounding the handling of the Sandusky investigation," Kane said in the release. "Once the facts have been uncovered, my office will make these findings available to the public.”

Moulton, an associate professor at Widener University School of Law, previously worked eight years as a federal prosecutor with four as First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. From 2009-11, Moulton served in senior positions in the federal government in Washington, D.C., first as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Senator’s work on the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, including drafting and shepherding aspects of major financial fraud and health care fraud legislation, according to the release.

Also on Moulton’s resume is a widely praised report concerning the failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. His report resulted in important changes in the policies and procedures at both ATF and the Treasury Department, the release states.

The Sandusky review was a tenet of Kane’s political platform when running for attorney general. She vowed to look at many key questions that have boiled over throughout the last 15 months since Sandusky was charged with mass child pedophilia.

Among them:

  • Why did the investigation take two-and-half years to complete?
  • Why a limited number of investigators were assigned the case at the onset?
  • Were campaign contributions to Corbett from Second Mile board members influential in the pace of the investigation?

Sandusky, who turned 69 late last month, is serving a 30-60 year jail sentence after being convicted on 45 of 48 counts in the case last June. His appeal to a local judge for a new trial was denied last week.

Three former Penn State officials are also facing charges in connection to the case. Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz all maintain their innocence, and no trial date is scheduled.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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