Legal Ethics

Sandusky case's early handling by Penn. AG will be investigated by former federal prosecutor

Following through on a campaign promise, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has appointed a former federal prosecutor to investigate how her own office, then under herself and now-Gov. Tom Corbett, handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr. will head an investigation looking into questions concerning decisions not to prosecute Sandusky much earlier, when reports about possible child sex-abuse surfaced in the late 1990s and into the 2000s. Corbett, a Republican, was attorney general from 1995-97 and again from 2005 to 2011.

Kane, a Democrat, appointed Moulton on Monday and he was expected to begin work immediately, according to The Pennsylvania Record, a legal publication.

Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex-abuse and is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence. Last week a judge declined his bid for a new trial.

Moulton is an associate professor at the Widener School of Law’s Wilmington, Del., campus. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for eight years, finishing there as First Assistant supervising major cases. From 2009 to 2011 he worked in Washington, D.C., as chief counsel to then-Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., and then as chief of staff and deputy inspector general in the Office of Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. 

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