Ex-Sandusky lawyer investigated in divorce case
HARRISBURG — One of the two defense lawyers who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at trial is being investigated for the potential theft of money from his clients, a prosecutor said on Monday.
Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed released a statement that said he learned last week about allegations against Karl Rominger that concern a divorce case. Freed said Rominger's defense lawyer, Bill Costopoulos, provided additional information and expressed a desire to cooperate.
“My office is leading an investigation into the potential misappropriation of a significant amount of client funds by Rominger,” Freed said.
Rominger said on Friday that he's “cooperating completely” and referred further questions to Costopoulos, who was not immediately available for comment after Freed's statement was released.
Norris Gelman, the lead lawyer in Sandusky's pending appeal of his 45-count child molestation conviction, said Monday that Rominger's representation of Sandusky ended some time ago. Gelman said the allegations regarding Rominger were highly unlikely to affect Sandusky's case.
Freed said he learned about the allegations on Wednesday afternoon and met with Costopoulos on Thursday morning. Rominger said he initiated the investigation.
“The district attorney's office is working quickly and I'm cooperating completely,” Rominger said.
In an audio statement released on his Facebook page, Rominger said he had “wronged” others.
“I will do everything in my power to help those that I've wronged and to make whole any loss that I've created,” he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Diminishing number of pilots takes toll on small airports in Western Pa.
- Shaler man charged in death of girl, 6, not prosecuted in repeated alcohol cases
- Would-be Troy Hill carjackers scared off by sirens
- Pa. spends millions on death penalty cases that rarely end in execution
- 17-year-old male killed, 15-year-old female shot in McKeesport
- African-American Heritage Day Parade in Pittsburgh draws more than 40 groups
- Pittsburgh police officer hits pedestrian in East Liberty
- Police urge caution after several Perry South break-ins
- 10-county regional transportation alliance to form in Western Pa.
- Mt. Lebanon considers sharpshooters to help thin deer herd
- Robinson drive-in on its way out of Allegheny County