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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Jerry Sandusky: Federal investigation involving ex-coach, his charity and Penn State is underway

A federal investigation involving Penn State, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his charity is underway, with authorities serving the university with a subpoena Thursday.

Federal prosecutors in Harrisburg, Pa., are seeking information about Penn State, Sandusky and his Second Mile charity, former university president Graham Spanier and administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. A Penn State spokeswoman said the university is cooperating with the subpoena.

The federal investigation, first reported by the Harrisburg Patriot-News, is parallel to that of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, which has brought charges against Sandusky, Curley and Schultz. Sandusky will stand trial in state court, possibly as early as May, on over 50 counts of sex abuse of children, some of whom, a grand jury found, he met through The Second Mile, the charity he founded to help at-risk youth. Sandusky presently is confined to his home as he awaits trial.

Curley, the athletic director who presently is on leave, and Schultz, a now-retired vice-president, have been charged with lying to a grand jury and failure to report a crime when they were told of allegations against Sandusky. Spanier has not been charged.

After a grand jury investigation, Sandusky was charged by state prosecutors in November and allegations surfaced about molestation that occurred outside the state of Pennsylvania, which drew the attention of federal authorities. One victim alleges that Sandusky took him across state lines at least twice — to bowl games in San Antonio and Tampa and police in both cities told the Patriot-News they opened child-abuse investigations after the grand jury issued its report in November. The 1999 Alamo Bowl was Sandusky’s final game as defensive coordinator.

In addition to the state and federal investigations, multiple other investigations are underway, by The Second Mile, possible civil litigants and the NCAA. Former FBI director Louis B. Freeh is leading Penn State’s internal investigation and the U.S. Department of Education is part of a federal investigation into whether the school violated the Clery Act, which has established rules for reporting campus crime.

David Woodle, who became CEO of The Second Mile late last year, said the charity is cooperating with all requests and is continuing to operate as it considers its future. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who was attorney general when the Sandusky investigation began in 2009, said the state is not investigating the charity.

The Patriot-News said it was unsuccessful in attempts to reach attorneys for Spanier, Curley and Schultz. Joe Amendola, who represents Sandusky, would not comment because he said he has no information about a federal investigation.

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