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Sandusky Grand Jury to Be Probed by Special Prosecutor

Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky
Jerry Sandusky, former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on Oct. 9, 2012. Photographer: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The grand jury that investigated Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach found guilty of sexually abusing boys, will be probed by a special prosecutor over possible leaks.

State Judge Barry Feudale appointed James M. Reeder to look into allegations that statewide and county grand jury secrecy may have been compromised, according to a Feb. 8 order obtained by Bloomberg News.

It’s unclear from the order whether the investigation will focus on the Sandusky case. The order governs the 33rd Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, the panel that handled the Sandusky case, as well as the 36th statewide grand jury and a county level grand jury, according to the filing.

Sandusky, 69, was found guilty in June of 45 counts of abusing boys over a 15-year period. He was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and is serving time in a maximum-security facility in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

A grand jury report, released the day Sandusky was charged in November 2011, detailed the case against him by chronicling the abuse of boys at various locations including Sandusky’s home and buildings on Penn State’s campus. The report also implicated two former Penn State officials who were charged in a related case with perjury and endangering the welfare of a child.

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