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What happens to Jerry Sandusky now? / HLN

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By Grace Wong, November 11, 2011
  • Former coach facing 21 felony and 19 misdemeanor charges
  • Sandusky has a preliminary hearing scheduled December 7
  • Officials are encouraging any other possible victims to come forward

Former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, 67, charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against eight minors he allegedly abused over a 15-year period, could be facing one or more of his accusers at a preliminary hearing on December 7.

While his attorney may waive the hearing on his behalf, prosecutors are preparing evidence that could include direct testimony from his alleged victims in an effort to persuade the judge to bind the case over for trial.

Should the district magistrate judge presiding over the hearing decide there is enough evidence to try the former Penn State defensive coordinator, the case will be assigned to a judge of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas where a trial date will be set. Should Sandusky waive the preliminary hearing, the case will automatically move forward to trial.

Calls to the attorney representing Sandusky were not answered.

In 1977, Sandusky founded Second Mile — a charity to help disadvantaged youths. According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, who is handling the case, “This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to prey upon young boys. It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys.”

Read: Shocking details from the Penn State grand jury report

The high-ranking officials Kelly refers to are Timothy Curley, former Director of Athletics, and Gary Schultz, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business at Penn State. Both face one count of perjury and one count of failure to report. A November 17 preliminary hearing in their case is expected to be continued, perhaps to January 2012.

Sandusky faces 21 felony and 19 misdemeanor counts. The most serious charges are first degree felonies which include seven counts of Deviate Sexual Intercourse and four counts of Unlawful Contact with a Minor, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Two of the alleged victims included in the charges against Sandusky have not been identified but the acts were observed by other witnesses. The prosecuting attorney encourages potential victims to come forward and has provided a contact number, 814-863-1053.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General will not comment on developments in the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the university’s board of trustees has appointed a chair and vice-chair to investigate the circumstances arising from the grand jury allegations.

In other developments, Texas authorities are investigating the possibility that Sandusky might have committed sex crimes in 1999 when Penn State played in the Alamo Bowl in Austin.

In Session correspondent Beth Karas contributed to this report. For more coverage watch In Session on truTV.

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  1. I’m glad to see the outrage that this long covered up tragedy is creating. But where is the outrage for the children abused by a parent? The Leadership Council writes that annually in the U.S., 58,000 children are placed in the unsupervised care of their abuser by the family courts.

    This happened to the children of Elsa Newman when she was convicted of a crime committed by another who confessed and said Elsa was not involved in any way. 9 1/2 years in prison.

    Margaret Candler

    November 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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