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U.S. attorney subpoenas Penn State records in child sexual abuse case


HARRISBURG, Pa.—Federal authorities have subpoenaed Pennsylvania State University seeking information about payments by trustees to Penn State, or to third parties on behalf of Penn State, in connection with child sexual abuse allegations against former Assistant Football Coach Gerald A. Sandusky.

The Feb. 2 subpoena, sent by the U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg, Pa., also requests documentation about the reporting requirements of employees and staff relating to misconduct allegations by the staff or individuals associated with Penn State. It also seeks preservation of emails, computer histories and hard drives, Penn State said Friday in a statement.

Among other requests, the subpoena seeks the records and hard drives of Mr. Sandusky, former university President Graham Spanier, former Senior Vp of Finance Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Timothy Curley.

Messrs. Schultz and Curley were charged with perjury and failure to report in connection to the Sandusky case. Messrs. Schultz, Curley and Spanier stepped down from their positions following the grand jury's report in November.

The subpoena was sent to Cynthia Baldwin, Penn State’s vp and general counsel, who has been ordered to appear before a grand jury in Harrisburg with the requested documents and files. Ms. Baldwin’s compliance was extended beyond the original Feb. 29 deadline due to the volume of information requested, Penn State said.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment on when the grand jury would meet.

Penn State said it posted a copy of the subpoena on its website.

“Along with every part of the university, the board of trustees is cooperating fully with the U.S. attorney's investigation,” Penn State said in the statement.