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Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges

| Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 12:27 p.m.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse on June 21, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pa.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse on June 21, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pa.

HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid Wednesday for a new trial and a chance to convince a jury he is innocent of the child sexual abuse charges that handed him a decades-long prison sentence.

Judge John Foradora ruled that he was denying Sandusky's request for a new trial and dismissal of the charges.

The former Penn State assistant football coach's lawyers have 30 days to appeal the judge's decision to the Superior Court.

Defense attorney Al Lindsay of Butler said Wednesday the ruling isn't the end of Sandusky's criminal case and that he still hopes to vindicate Sandusky and secure his release from state prison.

Lindsay said he's disappointed with Foradora's opinion and order, which rejected dozens of claims Lindsay had raised.

Sandusky, 73, has consistently maintained he was wrongly convicted. He argued that he did not receive adequate representation at his 2012 trial and that prosecutors should have disclosed more details about changes to victims' stories.

Sandusky has been serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. Eight of his accusers testified at trial, describing abuse that ranged from grooming and fondling to violent sexual attacks.

The case, among the biggest scandals in college football history, led to major structural and procedural changes at Penn State.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other ex-administrators, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, were sentenced to jail time this year. Spanier was found guilty and the others pleaded guilty to child endangerment for their handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy. Spanier is free on bail while he appeals his conviction.

The scandal has cost Penn State more than $200 million in fines, settlements and other costs, and the football program was hit with significant NCAA penalties that were later dialed back.

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