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Judge Delays Sandusky Sex Abuse Trial By 3 Weeks

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sits in a car while leaving the Centre County Courthouse, on Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pa. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sits in a car while leaving the Centre County Courthouse, on Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pa. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case on Thursday delayed the start of the trial by three weeks to early June, and prosecutors filed a lengthy court document that said the case should not be dismissed.

Judge John Cleland said the additional time was needed “to accommodate various logistical contingencies that have arisen,” and the attorney general’s office supported the postponement.

The prosecution’s 21-page answer to a catch-all pretrial motion that Sandusky’s lawyer submitted a week ago said the commonwealth had “broad latitude” to establish the dates of allegations in child sexual abuse cases. Sandusky has asked for more specifics about when authorities say the crimes occurred.

“Defendant cannot exploit the appalling breadth of his own criminal conduct by claiming it encompasses so long a period as to hamper his defense,” chief deputy attorney general Frank Fina wrote.

The 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator faces 52 counts involving 10 boys over a 15-year period. He remains confined to his home to await trial. Prosecutors have accused him of engaging in a range of illegal behavior with the boys, including sexual assaults, allegations he denies.

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