At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Jerry Sandusky will face some of the men who have accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were boys.
Sandusky, the former Penn State University defensive coordinator, is accused of over 50 counts of child sexual abuse of 12 boys over a 15-year span. At Tuesday’s hearing in the Bellefonte, Pa., courthouse 10 miles from campus, Judge Robert E. Scott will determine whether the prosecution has enough evidence to go to trial. Given the details of the grand jury report and the relatively low evidentiary bar courts set, it is considered extremely unlikely that the judge would determine the evidence to be insufficient.
Sandusky may face several alleged victims and, “is looking forward to the opportunity to face his accusers,” his lawyer, Joe Amendola, told the Associated Press. Amendola said that there have been no plea negotiations with prosecutors and also indicated that the defense would not waive the preliminary hearing in order to avoid more negative publicity.
The victims are preparing, too. “My client is ready to testify,” Jeffrey P. Fritz, a lawyer representing a victim in the grand jury’s report, told the Wall Street Journal.
It is uncertain whether Penn State assistant Mike McQueary will testify. He told the grand jury that, as a graduate assistant in 2002, he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the showers at Penn State and several accounts of that event exist.
Sandusky, Amendola and Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, have maintained he is innocent.
Cameras and recording equipment will not be allowed in court, but media will be allowed to text and tweet. The Centre County courtroom seats 200, with about 100 seats reserved for the media.
The scandal: Suspicions swept aside
Latest arrest: New charges filed
Sandusky freed: Wife posts $250,000 bail
The original grand jury report
The new grand jury presentment
NBC video: Sandusky taken into custody
Court rules: Guidelines for preliminary hearing
Early Lead: Sandusky’s wife says her husband is innocent
Early Lead: Local judges recuse themselves
Timeline: How Penn State scandal unfolded