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By Adam Smeltz
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Monday will release a long-awaited report examining whether politics influenced the investigation of convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky, her office said.

Kane and Special Deputy Attorney General H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., who led the review, will introduce the report and address reporters at the Capitol complex in Harrisburg.

A state investigation of Sandusky, a retired Penn State University football coach, began in late 2008 under then-Attorney General Tom Corbett, now the governor, when abuse allegations surfaced in Clinton County. Nearly three years passed before Sandusky, 70, was arrested.

Kane, a Lackawanna County Democrat, has suggested that Corbett likely played politics with the case. She vowed in her 2012 campaign to look into whether he delayed the Sandusky investigation during his 2010 campaign for governor.

Corbett, a Republican from Shaler, has denied the suggestion. He is seeking re-election this year for a second term as governor.

Investigators handling the review for Kane found no evidence that Corbett prolonged the case for political reasons, sources told the Tribune-Review.

“There's nothing in the available document record or witness interviews to support that Attorney General Corbett or anyone else in the OAG executive office at this time gave any instructions on how to conduct the investigation,” reads an excerpt from the report provided to the Trib.

Still, sources said, Moulton's report suggests Corbett did not act quickly enough to search Sandusky's home just outside State College. That might have contributed to the length of the Sandusky investigation, the sources said.

A Centre County jury convicted Sandusky in June 2012 of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in the state prison in Waynesburg, where he maintains he is innocent.

Adam Smeltz is a Trib Total Media staff writer. The Associated Press and capital reporter Brad Bumsted contributed to this report.

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