The Feds are launching a criminal investigation into Jerry Sandusky after prosecutors collected computer hard drives of top Pennsylvania State University administrators and information on payments to the school’s trustees made to outside groups.
That detailed list was released by the Feds 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 J. 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 B. 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.
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.
According to state prosecutors, Sandusky became the target that year of a joint investigation by Penn State and State College police and child welfare workers after a mother reported he had hugged her 11-year-old son while showering with him in the nude.
Detectives spent weeks looking into the claims, even eavesdropping on a conversation between Sandusky and the boy’s mother in which the coach purportedly admitted to the shower, apologized, and said he wished he were dead.
But social workers ultimately determined that abuse claims were unfounded and campus police closed their case.
Several top university administrators, including Curley, have maintained that they were never aware of its existence, as did longtime football coach Joe Paterno, who died last month.
Still, the lengthy report on the incident generated by campus police has become a part of the state investigation that led to Sandusky’s arrest.
In November, a state grand jury accused Sandusky of molesting at least 10 boys over a 15-year period.