Ditka, Prosecutor In Penn State Child Abuse Case, Dies

Oct 17, 2018

Laura Ditka, the lead prosecutor in the child abuse case involving officials at Penn State, has died. She was 55.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office tweeted Tuesday that Ditka died unexpectedly. No cause of death was given.

The DA's office called her "an extraordinary public servant and person and a loving mom."

Ditka led the prosecution of President Graham Spanier and other university officials charged with mishandling complaints about assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. Two other officials pleaded guilty.

Ditka was a deputy attorney general who'd spent 25 years in the Allegheny County DA's office, where she established the office's child abuse unit.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered flags at the Capitol Complex and public buildings in Allegheny County lowered to half-staff.