The special deputy Pennsylvania attorney general leading the investigation into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case has started his work.

Former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, an associate professor at the Delaware campus of the Widener University School of Law, has been tapped by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to lead the probe.

Bob Power, a law professor and colleague from Widener's Harrisburg campus, says he suspects Moulton's experience leading special projects had a lot to do with his selection for the high-profile post.

"It's his experience at investigating problems on a deadline and the ability to come up with a strong, coherent report in an appropriate fashion," said Power.

In addition to Moulton's eight years' cumulative experience in a U.S. attorney's office, he prepared the U.S. Treasury report reviewing the failed government raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

But his resume is void of the kind of sexual predator cases he'll be looking into as he revisits the Sandusky case.

Moulton will have access to child predator case experts within the attorney general's office, said spokeswoman Ellen Mellody.

"Mr. Moulton has been hired to carry out an independent review of the facts regarding the conduct of the investigation -- not to provide an expert opinion of the handling of child abuse cases," she said.

The investigation lasted nearly three years and began when Gov. Tom Corbett served as attorney general. Sandusky was convicted last June and is serving a lengthy prison sentence.