Pa. Attorney General taps law school professor, former federal prosecutor to lead Sandusky investigation

By Jon Campisi | Feb 6, 2013

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced the appointment of a law

school professor and former federal prosecutor to lead her office’s internal investigation into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case under Kane’s predecessor, current Gov. Tom Corbett.

Kane, who upon being elected to commonwealth’s top law enforcer spot in November vowed to look into the Sandusky matter, announced Feb. 4 that she has appointed H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr. to lead the Attorney General’s Office’s examination of how that very same office handled the Sandusky investigation when Corbett was at its helm.

Under Corbett’s tenure, the A.G.’s office declined to press charges against Sandusky back in the late 1990s after reports surfaced that the former Penn State assistant football coach had molested a young boy.

This past summer, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex-abuse and subsequently sentenced to between 30 and 60 years in state prison.

His attorneys sought a new trial, but the judge overseeing the case last week denied all of the defense’s post-trial motions, setting up a possible appeal to the state Superior Court.

Making good on her promise to investigate the way her office handled the Sandusky matter in prior years, Kane said she tapped Moulton because of his extensive experience in legal issues.

“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 a statement. “Once the facts have been uncovered, my office will make these findings available to the public.”

Moulton was expected to begin his work immediately.

The associate professor at Widener University School of Law spent eight years as a federal prosecutor with four of those years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, according to Kane’s office.

During that time, he oversaw an office of 130 lawyers, supervised major criminal and civil cases, and served as a point of contact with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

From 2009 to 2011, Moulton worked in senior federal government positions in Washington, D.C., first as chief counsel to U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman of Delaware and then as chief of staff and deputy special inspector general for the Office of Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Moulton is also known for his work in the early 1990s as project director for the U.S. Treasury Department, where he prepared a well-received report concerning the failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

The report resulted in policy and procedural changes at the ATF and the Treasury Department.

Moulton also spent time as a clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist.

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