The child sex abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was delayed by a series of missteps, according to a review released Monday by the state attorney general.
Based on the review, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane suggested that negligence obstructed efforts to bring Sandusky to justice, per USA Today's John Bacon.
"This was a full and fair review," said Kane. "The facts show an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator."
AttorneyGeneral.gov provided the full Sandusky investigation report, logging more testimony from Kane regarding the slowed process:
This case sat inactive for months while a predator was on the streets and a victim waited for justice. The Grand Jury presentment, drafted and supported by the lead prosecutor, sat on someone's desk for five months. Only after the lead prosecutor repeatedly pushed for an answer, the presentment was denied. It is unfathomable why there was such a lack of urgency.
In 2012, Kane had previously accused former attorney general and current Gov. Tom Corbett of being too deliberate in the investigation, which commenced in early 2009, according to Bacon.
Former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton denied Kane's claims, as did Corbett when Kane initially accused him, per Amy Worden of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Moulton: No political directives, in fact nothing to suggest #Corbett gave any instruction at all to staff— Amy Worden (@inkyamy) June 23, 2014
CNN's Sara Ganim outlined what she got out of Monday's report:
Ok, my big take-aways from the Sandusky report today: 1-Continuing theme of miscommunication.— Sara Ganim (@sganim) June 23, 2014
A social worker who interviewed Sandusky in 2009 re: Victim 1, didn't invite police, and he never again talked to an investigator.— Sara Ganim (@sganim) June 23, 2014
Report asks why detectives couldn't find the 1998 PSU police report for 2 yrs. Only took a simple search of his name.I've always asked this.— Sara Ganim (@sganim) June 23, 2014
Kane specifically appointed Moulton to conduct this review, which also recommended potential solutions for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the handling of future cases, per AttorneyGeneral.gov.
Among those recommendations was for the Executive Office's senior management to be more proactive, and also to "make child abuse education and outreach a higher priority."
Sandusky, 70, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison back in October 2012 after being found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse. He had been affiliated with the Nittany Lions for decades as a player and coach.