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Report: Judge Approves Anticipated Review of Sandusky Investigation

by on June 04, 2014 11:29 AM

A judge has reportedly approved an investigative document drafted by the Attorney General's office that is expected to outline how Gov. Tom Corbett and his staff handled the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case while he served as attorney general.

According to a report Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cambria County Judge Norman A. Krumenacher III approved the report from Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office in which Corbett, along with former Chief Deputy Frank Fina, who led the prosecution against Sandusky, are expected targets in the document.

At issue is how Corbett handled the Sandusky child sexual abuse allegations at a time when he was running for governor. The report says Corbett and Fina have an opportunity to file responses to Kane's findings before the document is released to the public.

It appears Kane, a Democrat, could release the report just before voters go to the polls in November to select a governor. Corbett, a Republican seeking a second term, is up against Democrat Tom Wolf.

Meanwhile, Kane's office continues to prosecute three former Penn State administrators accused of trying to cover up the Sandusky abuse, some of which occurred on campus.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier along with former athletic director Tim Curley, and retired senior vice president for finance Gary Schultz are charged with perjury, failing to report child endangerment and conspiracy.

All three have pleaded not guilty and have asked a judge to toss the charges.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, is serving 30-60 years in prison. He was convicted on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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