Penn State receives federal subpoena for info on officials, Sandusky, his charity

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of molesting boys, may now be the subject of a federal investigation.

Story highlights

  • The subpoena sought e-mails, hard drives and other info, Penn State says
  • A Feb. 29 deadline is extended due to "the volume" of info requested, it adds
  • Prosecutors are requesting information on Jerry Sandusky and his charity
  • The university says it has spent nearly $3.2 million because of the scandal

Penn State is working to provide information in response to a subpoena from a U.S. attorney related to Jerry Sandusky and others who have been caught up in the sexual abuse allegations involving the former football coach, a school spokeswoman said.

Sandusky, a longtime defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, is already being prosecuted by the Pennsylvania state Attorney General's Office over allegations that he sexually abused young boys over a 15-year period.

A Penn State spokeswoman said Thursday that the university had received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania requesting information about Sandusky and his charity.

The school elaborated with a statement on its website Friday that Penn State received the subpoena February 2 looking for information about, among others, former university President Graham Spanier as well as Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The latter two are former school officials who are charged with perjury and failure to report a crime in relation to the Sandusky investigation.

The request also sought "certain information from 1998 to present about Penn State... Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile Organization, as well as any records of any payments by board of trustees members to the university or to third parties on the university's behalf," said the school.

Specifically, Penn State stated that the subpoena asked for information from "employers and staff relating to allegations of misconduct by staff or individuals associated with the university. " The types of information sought include e-mails, computer histories and the content of hard drives -- including those of Schultz, Curley, Spanier and Sandusky.

The original deadline of February 29 to comply with the subpoena has been extended by U.S. Attorney Peter Smith "because of the volume of information requested," the school said.

"Along with every part of the university, the board of trustees is cooperating fully with the U.S. attorney's investigation. The victims, the Penn State community and the public deserve to know the facts and see that justice is done," Penn State said.

State prosecutors have alleged that Sandusky met his accusers through the Second Mile, the youth charity he founded.

Lawyer: Sandusky treated worse by public
Lawyer: Sandusky treated worse by public


    Lawyer: Sandusky treated worse by public


Lawyer: Sandusky treated worse by public 01:23
The legal effect of Paterno's death
The legal effect of Paterno's death


    The legal effect of Paterno's death


The legal effect of Paterno's death 03:16

He has also been accused of taking one of the alleged victims across state lines to bowl games in Texas and Florida, though it is not immediately clear if those allegations are related to the federal subpoena.

Last November, Smith -- the U.S. attorney -- said in a statement that he was ready to join the ongoing state investigation surrounding Sandusky, if asked. He added that his office was in contact with the state Attorney General's office, ready to provide assistance in the investigation and prosecution phases.

The U.S. Department of Education also has been probing "possible violations of a law that requires universities to report annually campus-related crime statistics," Smith noted then.

Joe Amendola, Sandusky's attorney, said he has no comment on the latest subpoena. Sandusky, who faces more than 50 counts of child sex abuse, is currently under house arrest as he awaits trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Last week, Penn State said it has incurred nearly $3.2 million in combined legal, consultant, and public relation fees pertaining to the Sandusky scandal.

Almost $2.5 million of the fees stem from Penn State's internal investigation and crisis communications team costs. Roughly $500,000 has been spent on university legal defense services, the university said.

      Scandal at Penn State

    • Paterno family to sue NCAA

      The family of Joe Paterno plans to file a lawsuit Thursday against the NCAA seeking to overturn its sanctions against Penn State University over a child sex abuse scandal.
    • Penn State students work on a banner at "Nittanyville" outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania, on Friday.

      Kicking off a new era of football

      In many ways, football is life at Penn State, a tradition synonymous with the campus. Nittany Lion fans are deeply religious about their football. Now, they begin a new era.
    • The site sits empty on Sunday where the Paterno statue once stood.

      When the hero falls off the pedestal

      It's an old, old story. We've all placed people on pedestals, and then, almost inevitably, they let us down. They violate our trust. They betray us. They fall off the pedestal, or we remove them.
    • BTS.Emmert.Penn State Sanctions_00002615

      'Stark wake-up call' for Penn State

      The NCAA announced a $60 million fine against Penn State University and stripped 14 seasons of football victories from the late head coach Joe Paterno.
    • STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 23:  Head coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions look on before facing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions 6-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

      Sandusky 'empowered,' review finds

      The most powerful former leaders at Penn State University have been accused of showing "total and consistent disregard" for child sex abuse victims.
    • Guilty, guilty, guilty ...

      With the same decision announced on count after count -- guilty, guilty, guilty -- Jerry Sandusky's emphatic denials he had sexually abused boys became obsolete.
    • Sandusky: In his own words

      Jerry Sandusky admitted showering with boys but denied the sex accusations. Here is what Sandusky has said publicly in the months before the trial.
    • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse following his child sexual-abuse trial on June 18, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Today the defense began their argument in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky who is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children.

      Sandusky's son fits pattern of victims

      Jerry Sandusky's writings in a 2000 memoir about the difficult relationship with his adopted son are similar to several letters he wrote to a boy now known as alleged victim No. 4.
    • Holloway Sandusky

      What the 'Sandusky 8' said

      The words came haltingly, punctuated by ragged sighs, groans and cracking voices as two teenage boys bared their darkest secrets to a packed courtroom.