AG to Answer Sandusky Request to Dismiss Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Pennsylvania prosecutors are expected to soon file their response to Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, after waiving his preliminary hearing. The decision moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania prosecutors are expected to soon file their response to Jerry Sandusky's request that a judge dismiss the child sexual abuse charges pending against him.

The attorney general's office faces a Thursday deadline for its answer to the set of motions made a week ago by Sandusky's defense lawyer.

The former Penn State assistant football coach also wants Judge John Cleland to delay the May 14 start of his trial, and is seeking to have jurors sequestered.

The 68-year-old Sandusky faces 52 counts involving 10 alleged victims over 15 years.

Prosecutors say he engaged in a range of illegal behavior with the boys, including sexual assaults. He denies the allegations.

Cleland has scheduled a hearing in Bellefonte for April 5 to address pretrial issues.

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