AG to answer Sandusky request to dismiss charges

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Published:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- 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.