AG to answer Sandusky request to dismiss charges

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Published:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania prosecutors face a Thursday deadline to file their response to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's request that a judge dismiss the child sexual abuse charges pending against him.

The attorney general's office is expected to answer a set of motions made a week ago by Sandusky's defense lawyer.

Sandusky has also asked Judge John Cleland to delay the May 14 start of his trial, and wants jurors to be sequestered.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts involving 10 alleged victims over 15 years. Prosecutors have accused him of engaging in a range of illegal behavior with the boys, including sexual assaults. He denies the allegations.

Cleland has scheduled an April 5 hearing in Bellefonte to address the filings.

In his catch-all pretrial motion last week, Sandusky argued some allegations were not sufficiently specific, others lacked evidence and the statute of limitations may have run in some cases.

He sought an order that prosecutors disclose the nature, times and locations of "any criminal offenses or acts of misconduct" that might be used at trial, if he has not been charged for them.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola also wants the judge to limit the evidence prosecutors will be allowed to use at trial.