HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Keeping a campaign promise, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Monday named a special deputy to direct an internal inquiry into the handling of the child sexual abuse scandal involving former Penn State 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,'' 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.
Moulton, 54, a part-time associate professor at the Widener University School of Law, spent eight years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia-based federal courts. That included four years as first assistant U.S. attorney, supervising 130 lawyers and all major cases.
He also served in senior positions in the federal government in Washington from 2009 to 2011.
Kane pledged during her campaign last year to investigate why it took the attorney general's office nearly three years to charge Sandusky.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett was the attorney general for most of that time, which included his 2010 campaign for governor. Corbett cites the successful prosecution as proof that the state investigation was effective and denied playing politics with the probe to ensure that it didn't become public while he was running for governor.
Sandusky was arrested in November 2011, nearly a year after Corbett was sworn in as governor. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 child sexual abuse counts and is serving a prison term of 30 to 60 years.