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Sandusky Gets Access to Alleged Victims Mental Records

March 20, 2012

Jerry Sandusky, the ex-Pennsylvania State University coach accused of sexual abuse, won a court request for psychological records of his alleged victims.

Prosecutors must deliver the records under seal to Sandusky’s lawyer unless the state can establish that the reports are privileged, state court Judge John M. Cleland said in a ruling today.

“Other than reading the reports, counsel for the defendant shall make no use of the information contained in the reports without the prior authorization of the court,” Cleland said in the ruling.

Sandusky, 68, a former assistant football coach, is charged with more than 50 counts stemming from the alleged abuse of boys over a 15-year period. He had asked for a court order requiring prosecutors to disclose medical evaluations of the alleged victims, court judgments involving drug or alcohol abuse and transcripts of grand jury proceedings.

Cleland ordered the state to disclose records of juvenile court judgments of any witness prosecutors intend to call to testify. The state isn’t required to include drug or alcohol violations in its disclosure, Cleland said.

Sandusky is scheduled to go on trial May 14.

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

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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