Keeping a campaign promise, Pennsylvania’s new attorney general appointed a special deputy Monday to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett’s handling of the Penn State child sexual abuse case and why it took so long to bring charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The appointee, H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., is “a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts,” Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a news release announcing the move.
Kane, who was sworn in last month as the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general, said she would make the findings public “once the facts have been uncovered,” but she did not set a timeline for completing the probe nor comment further.
She had pledged during her campaign last year to investigate why it took the attorney general’s office nearly three years to charge Sandusky.
Corbett, a Republican, was the attorney general for most of that time, which included his 2010 campaign for governor
Moulton will be paid an hourly rate of $72.24 an hour and will have access to experts in the attorney general’s office as needed, said Ellen Mellody, Kane’s spokeswoman.