(Updates with prosecution comment in ninth paragraph.)
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually assaulting boys, asked a court to change his bail conditions.
Sandusky, 68, yesterday asked permission to visit with his grandchildren in his home with supervision from at least one of their parents, and to leave home to help his attorneys and investigators locate potential defense witnesses in the preparation of his defense. The requests were filed in state court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Sandusky’s grandchildren “have expressed their sadness to their parents about not being able to visit or talk” with him since Nov. 5, he said in court papers. Sandusky has 11 minor grandchildren and another on the way, according to the court filing.
Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, is charged with more than 40 counts stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of 10 boys. He waived a preliminary hearing in December and prosecutors said his case will proceed to trial. Sandusky, under home confinement on $250,000 bail, denies the charges.
“The change in bail is to allow Jerry to go out and identify people who may assist in his defense,” Sandusky’s attorney Joseph Amendola said today in a phone interview.
Amendola said it is a possibility that in their research they could locate alleged victims.
“It is a possibility,” he said. “We won’t know until we can identify those people by name and know who they are for sure. We believe we have identified most of the accusers.”
Amendola said Sandusky won’t have any direct contact with potential witnesses. Instead, he will help identify their locations, such as a home or work address, Amendola said.
“The Office of Attorney General will oppose any effort to reduce or relax the bail restrictions that have been placed on Mr. Sandusky,” Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for state Attorney General Linda Kelly, said in an e-mailed statement.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, MJ-49201-cr-0000636-2011, Magisterial District Court, Centre County.
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