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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Jerry Sandusky scandal: New judge assigned to preliminary hearing

A new judge will preside over Jerry Sandusky’s preliminary hearing Dec. 7 on charges that he sexually abused eight underage boys, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Centre County District Judge Leslie Dutchcot had drawn criticism for setting the former Penn State coach’s unsecured bail at $100,000 and it was revealed that she had donated to and volunteered for The Second Mile, the foundation Sandusky created to help at-risk youth.

Centre County (Pa.) officials sought an out-of-county jurist and Robert E. Scott, senior district judge in Westmoreland County, will take over. The courts office said in a statement that Scott, a judge since 1964, is not known to have any connections to Penn State or to The Second Mile.

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