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Jerry Sandusky's trial is set to start on time after a judge refused a defense request for delay Wednesday. Sandusky's attorney asked the judge to dismiss charges from three of the 10 alleged victims. NBC10's Rosemary Connors spoke to advocates of the victims.
Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial is set to start on time, after a judge Wednesday refused a defense request for a delay.
The former Penn State assistant football coach is accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15 year period.
Sandusky did not attend today’s hearing. He remains under house arrest in State College and maintains his innocence.
His lawyer, Joe Amendola, also asked the judge to dismiss charges stemming from three of the 10 alleged victims, saying the evidence is hearsay.
But advocates for the victims disagree. Kristen Houser of the PA Coalition Against Rape told NBC10 “We know there are domestic violence cases where they are able to prosecute on hearsay.”
Attorneys specifically referenced grand jury testimony that a Penn State janitor told other custodians he saw Sandusky performing a sex act on a boy in a shower on campus.
The credibility of Mike McQueary’s grand jury testimony also came up at Wednesday’s hearing.
McQueary, a former assistant coach, testified he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the shower in the football locker room. The defense says his story is inconsistent. Prosecutors say more evidence will be presented at trial.
Jury selection is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 5. NBC10 will be live at the trial. Stick with NBC10.com, @NBCPhiladelphia on Twitter and NBC10 News on-air for the latest from Centre County