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Ex-Penn State Coach Sandusky Seeks Medical Data on Accusers

February 07, 2012

(Updates with comment from Sandusky’s attorney in 11th paragraph.)

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking psychiatric evaluations and medical records for several accusers in the sexual abuse case against him.

Lawyers for Sandusky filed a request for the early release of grand jury testimony as well as non-redacted copies of medical information on at least three alleged victims named in a grand jury report, according to papers filed in state court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10 on Sandusky’s request to modify his bail terms and on the state’s motion for an out-of-county jury.

Sandusky, 68, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State, 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.

In addition, Sandusky’s lawyers requested non-redacted copies of the state’s interviews with former Penn State coach Joe Paterno and with a former assistant district attorney for Centre County. Paterno died last month.

The defense lawyers also asked for photographs from Sandusky’s Second Mile charity and phone numbers for the accusers. They are seeking copies of polygraph tests and the identities of people who came forward as potential victims and were ruled out.

Not ‘Consistent’

The requested material contains information that will show the accusers’ allegations “have not been consistent or truthful,” Joseph Amendola, an attorney for Sandusky, said in the filing.

Sandusky, who is under home confinement, asked the court last month to amend his bail conditions. He’s seeking permission to have supervised visits with his grandchildren in his home and to leave his residence to assist his attorneys in locating potential defense witnesses.

In a separate filing today, prosecutors asked the court to alter Sandusky’s bail terms to prevent him from leaving the confines of his home without his supervising electronic- monitoring officer.

The state also asked the court to deny his request for visits with his grandchildren, saying that the wife of Sandusky’s son Matthew Sandusky “strenuously” objects to her three children having contact with the former coach. Prosecutors cited concerns for the safety of children from an elementary school adjacent to Sandusky’s house.

Sandusky “should be in jail,” prosecutors said in the filing. “He has been granted the privilege of being confined in his own home. House arrest is not meant to be a house party.”

It is unclear whether Sandusky will attend the court hearing later this week, Amendola said today in an e-mail.

The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).

--Editors: Mary Romano, Stephen Farr

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia at spearson3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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