A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky’s latest attempt to have three of 10 cases of child sex abusedismissed before his trial begins Monday.
The Centre County courthouse is the venue for the Jerry Sandusky trial. Tuesday is the first day of jury selection for the former Penn State coach who is being tried on child molestation charges. Sandusky has been charged with 52 counts of child sex abuse allegedly involving 10 boys over 15 years.
That means jurors will hear about an allegation made in 1998 that was never prosecuted at the discretion of former and missing district attorney Ray Gricar. They will also hear assistant football coach Mike McQueary recount an incident he says he witnessed in the showers of the football locker room in 2001. And, janitors will testify about what happened one night in 2000, when they were cleaning those same showers and one of them witnessed Sandusky with a young boy. In that case, attorney Joe Amendola said the prosecution‘s entire case was based on hearsay, since the janitor who actually saw the act has dementia and can’t testify. At a hearing last month, the judge indicated he believed a jury should make a decision on the three cases. Amendola argued that the more cases put before a jury, the more likely they are to convict. Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte.