(Updates with U.S. Attorney’s comment in third paragraph.)
Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. prosecutors joined an investigation tied to allegations that former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested eight boys over a 15-year period.
Federal authorities contacted state Attorney General Linda Kelly and agreed to provide any assistance on the investigation and prosecution that may be needed, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said today in a statement.
“Our general policy and practice are not to comment on the existence or non-existence of a federal investigation,” Smith said in the statement. “At the same time we recognize that the public disclosures concerning the state Attorney General’s investigation and the recent grand jury report are extremely disturbing because they involve the safety of children.”
Sandusky, 67, a former defensive coordinator for the football team, is facing 40 criminal counts tied to alleged sexual molestation of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. He has denied the charges. The scandal has led to the ouster of legendary football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier.
Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a former senior vice president, were also charged in the case with perjury and failure to report allegations involving Sandusky in 2002.
Smith’s office is also assisting the U.S. Department of Education in its investigation into whether Penn State breached the Clery Act by failing to disclose incidents involving Sandusky. The law requires colleges and universities to report suspected criminal activity to campus police or local law enforcement.
Smith declined to comment in the statement on specific areas of federal inquiry.
The state case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, MJ-49201-CR-0000636-2011, Magisterial District Court 49-2 (Centre County).
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