published Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Defense argues to dismiss some Sandusky charges

Jerry Sandusky gets into his attorney Joe Amendola's car near the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., today, following a closed-door meeting with the judge in his child sexual abuse case. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
Jerry Sandusky gets into his attorney Joe Amendola's car near the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., today, following a closed-door meeting with the judge in his child sexual abuse case. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
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MARK SCOLFORO

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The judge in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case is focusing on a defense effort to toss charges related to an alleged victim who’s never been identified by investigators.

Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola and state prosecutors spent most of a 45-minute hearing today debating whether co-workers should be allowed to testify about a custodian’s report that he saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in the Penn State showers 12 years ago.

The boy is called Victim 8 in court records. Prosecutors say the custodian, Jim Calhoun, has dementia and isn’t available to testify himself.

Judge John Cleland didn’t immediately rule.

The trial for 68-year-old Sandusky is scheduled to begin Tuesday with jury selection. The former Penn State assistant football coach denies the allegations.

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