Sandusky sex abuse trial at least 3 weeks away
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to throw out child sex abuse charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a case that shook one of the country’s most famous college sports teams to its foundation.
Judge John Cleland still will allow defense lawyers for the retired Penn State assistant to ask again to have the case dismissed as prosecutors turn over more evidence. Sandusky’s trial is scheduled to begin June 5.
The 68-year-old is charged with more than 50 criminal counts that allege he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years, both on the Penn State campus and elsewhere. He has denied the allegations. The scandal led to the ouster of storied Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January, and the school’s president.
Cleland rejected an argument by Sandusky’s legal team that the statute of limitations may have run out for eight of the alleged victims. He also rebuffed defense arguments that some of the charges against Sandusky were not specific enough.
Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola declined to comment, citing a gag order that severely limits what lawyers on both sides may say to reporters. A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office did not respond to a phone message.
By Michael Rubinkam
Associated Press Writer Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pennsylvania contributed to this story.
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