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Jerry Sandusky to face accusers at preliminary hearing

The case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sex abuse, moves into a criminal courtroom today, when as many as 10 men could testify publicly for the first time about what prosecutors describe as years of child abuse.

The preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Sandusky will last at least a day in front of a judge who gets to rule on whether there is enough evidence for the former coach to stand trial on child abuse charges.

Sandusky, in interviews with NBC News and the New York Times, has admitted to showering with some boys but has denied any criminal wrongdoing. He has been strongly backed by his wife, who also insists he is innocent.

Although the outcome of the hearing is expected to lead to more proceedings, the drama from a parade of accusers is expected to be high.

Sandusky "is looking forward to the opportunity to face his accusers," his lawyer, Joe Amendola, told the Associated Press.

Sandusky, 67, is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys he met through a children's charity, the Second Mile, that he founded. Sandusky brought some of the children to Penn State on outings.

Syracuse University scandal: A New York district attorney said Monday he hadn't interviewed Bernie Fine, a fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach accused of sexual abuse, or his wife because of an ongoing federal investigation.

Jerry Sandusky to face accusers at preliminary hearing 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 9:58pm]
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