Sunday, December 17, 2017

Feds seek range of Penn State, Sandusky records

PHILADELPHIA — Computer hard drives of top Pennsylvania State University administrators and information on payments the school's trustees made to outside groups were among the items federal prosecutors subpoenaed from the university this month.

That detailed list was released a day after Penn State acknowledged that its records had drawn scrutiny from yet another agency looking into child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

"Penn State is fully cooperating with this request for information," spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Friday.

The subpoena, issued by U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, was dated Feb. 2 and gave Penn State officials until Wednesday to comply.

It requested the hard drives of Sandusky, former university president Graham Spanier, suspended athletic director Tim Curley, and retired vice president Gary Schultz, who oversaw the campus police.

Additionally, prosecutors are seeking information on payments members of the university's board of trustees may have made directly to Penn State or to other organizations on its behalf.

E-mails, complaints, and records of interviews regarding Sandusky or the Second Mile, the charity for underprivileged youths he founded in 1977, were also requested.

In November, a state grand jury accused Sandusky of molesting at least 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky, 68, remains under house arrest, awaiting trial on 52 counts of sexual assault. He has denied the charges.

The subpoena orders the university to preserve all internal communications pertaining to Sandusky dating back to 1998, the year some officials at Penn State first learned of allegations about the assistant coach.

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