Jerry Sandusky returns to court Thursday

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Jerry Sandusky Could Have More Charges Against Him For Sexual Abuse.

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, returns to court on Thursday in his effort to get a new trial. STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State has had two head football coaches since Joe Paterno died during the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky that turned things upside down at State College.Anthony Spinelli, an alleged Sandusky victim who claims to have been sexually abused at a 1988 football camp, is asking the attorney general to charge the former Penn State football coach with involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors.

Sandusky, 71, will seek to persuade Senior Judge John Cleland, who presided at the 2012 trial where the ex-coach was found guilty of sexually assaulting children, to allow him to take steps toward researching the competence of his lawyers and whether his rights were violated at trial. “Mr. Jerry Sandusky is traveling from his prison cell in Greene County to the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, the same courthouse where he was convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 13-year period. His criminal complaint was initially denied by the attorney general’s office, which argued that the statute of limitations had expired, but Spinelli’s attorneys thought otherwise. And apparently, so did Centre County judge Thomas Kistler, who ruled on Wednesday that the complicated statue of limitations situation still allows for charges to be filed against Sandusky in this case. He told the attorney general’s office to evaluate whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing them. “Obviously, we’re very excited,” said attorney Dan Kiss, who represents the Massachusetts man, now 43, who initiated a private criminal complaint against Sandusky a year ago.

At a hearing last week, the judge admitted to having his clerk draw up a chart showing the multiple extension of the deadline in such cases since 1988. In court filings the prosecution argues: “Subpoenas… for deposition testimony… clearly evidences [Sandusky’s] concern that he has failed to generate the existence of any genuine issues of material fact.” Since then, attorneys claiming to represent Victim 2 released voicemails claiming that Sandusky was trying to influence the alleged victim just before he was charged in 2011. Spinelli was a teenaged football standout from Leominster, Massachusetts, when he attended Sandusky’s football camp for high school players in June 1988 on the Penn State campus in State College. Many were not students there during the height of the scandal. “I don’t think people talk about it much really anymore,” said Penn a State student Adam Capuana. “I haven’t heard anyone talk about it, personally.”

In other words, the previous statutes never expired before the new ones became effective, allowing them to apply to Spinelli. “We are very pleased with President Judge Kistler’s decision,” said Daniel Kiss, Spinelli’s attorney. “We think it was the right decision and it gives Anthony an opportunity for justice. Sandusky will seek permission on Thursday to research people connected to his case, including former state Attorney General Tom Corbett and Sara Ganim, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter who broke the Sandusky story in 2011 and won a Pulitzer Prize. His lawyer contends Ganim wrote her story with illegally leaked grand jury information and that it kept the Sandusky investigation alive by prompting more alleged victims to come forward. The judge in that case has to determine if Sandusky is entitled to conduct fresh discovery, or evidence-sharing, and if so, what limits should be placed on the process.

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