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Sandusky Denied Delay in Child Sex Abuse Trial

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been denied an extension to the start of his child sex abuse trial.

May 21, 2012 – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been denied an extension to the start of his child sex abuse trial, which is currently scheduled to begin June 5 in Centre County, PA. Judge John Cleland issued the ruling today, rejecting a second defense request to delay the trial. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts for allegedly abusing 10 young boys over a period of 15 years.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/25/12: On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/22/12: This week, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons reportedly admitted to authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him as a child. Lawyers for Matt Sandusky, who is one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, issued a statement yesterday saying that the 33-year-old was prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution in his father’s high-profile sex abuse trial. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/19/12: Friends and ex-colleagues of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified yesterday on behalf of the defense in order to counter prosecution witnesses’ claims that he sexually abused boys in locker room showers. The testimony came at the beginning of the second week of a trial that has proceeded at a surprisingly brisk pace. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/15/12:
The high-profile child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony from eight prosecution witnesses. The last witness’s testimony has been described as the most explicit of the trial to date, but also the most problematic because some of its details differed from those of earlier witnesses. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/13/12: Taking the stand for the first time on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors that he saw Jerry Sandusky naked in a locker room shower engaging in explicit sex acts with a prepubescent boy about 10 years ago. McQueary’s account differed little from his testimony given last December at a preliminary hearing, except that the shower encounter took place in 2001 instead of 2002. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/12/12: The second day of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial got underway this morning with tearful testimony from a witness known so far only as ‘Victim 1,’ a teenager whose mother’s complaints sparked a grand jury investigation. The trial’s second witness to testify, the young man cried as he described to jurors how the former Penn State assistant football coach performed explicit sex acts on him after meeting him through The Second Mile, a charitable organization Sandusky founded in 1977. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/11/12: Opening arguments in the high profile child sex abuse trial involving a former Penn State assistant football coach got underway today in Bellefonte, PA., thrusting the notorious scandal back into the public spotlight. Eight young men are scheduled to testify in Centre County Court about how 68-year-old Jerry Sandusky befriended and abused them as boys over a 15-year period. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/6/12: According to sources close to the case, Jerry Sandusky allegedly wrote one of his victims inappropriate love letters, the contents of which will be read in testimony once the high-profile child sex abuse trial begins. The handwritten letters were sent to an accuser known only as ‘Victim 4,’ who is just one of eight witnesses scheduled to testify against the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 5/30/12: Four of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers have made formal requests for anonymity during the upcoming child sex abuse trial, which is currently scheduled to begin June 5. The disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach attended a closed-door meeting with judge John Cleland on Tuesday, a day before what could be the final hearing before the start of the trial. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 5/29/12: The Second Mile, a charitable organization founded by Jerry Sandusky, is attempting to transfer its programs and millions in assets to another youth organization. The move comes in response to a steep drop in donations and loss of volunteers that followed Sandusky’s indictment on 52 counts of sexual abuse on children he allegedly met at The Second Mile. Click here to learn more.

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What’s the problem?

In an outright denial of the defense request, Judge Cleland simply wrote ‘motion denied’ in response to the effort to delay the start of the trial. Sandusky’s attorney submitted a petition for the continuance earlier this month, arguing that he needed more time to provide a proper defense.

A number of Sandusky’s alleged victims were clients of the Second Mile, a charitable organization he founded in 1977. The other incidents took place at Penn State University, where Sandusky would frequently take the disadvantaged youths on field trips and other outings.

According to a grand jury investigation, it was on one such trip to the university that Sandusky was caught in a shower stall with a boy. The assistant football coach who witnessed the alleged indiscretion went to head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier. Paterno, who was a revered Penn State athletics icon for decades, was subsequently fired for not doing enough to handle the situation. He died of lung cancer in January at age 85.

In addition to Sandusky’s legal troubles, two other Penn State officials are currently awaiting criminal charges in connection with the scandal. As part of the defense’s reasoning for a delay, Sandusky’s attorney argued that he needed more time because the charged parties could not be summoned to testify while their cases were pending.

Former Penn State business and finance vice president Gary Shultz, and Tim Crowley, the university’s athletic director now on leave, are accused of perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse. Their defense teams have indicated that they will refuse to testify if subpoenaed in the Sandusky trial.

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