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Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

A judge has given prosecutors until Friday to provide Jerry Sandusky with the identities of the people the retired Penn State football defensive coordinator is accused of molesting.

Sandusky, 68, faces trial on charges that he sexually molested 10 boys over 15 years, some in Penn State facilities. He is seeking the names of his accusers who were identified in court documents only as victims one through 10, as well as the dates and locations of the acts, and the identities of any witnesses. Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, filed a request for that information on Jan. 19. Such requests are a routine part of pretrial proceedings.

Amendola asked Senior Judge John M. Cleland to order prosecutors from the state attorney general's office to produce the information, after they failed to respond to his request by Jan. 26.

Late Friday, Cleland issued an order giving prosecutors until Feb. 3 to provide the information or say why they have not. Cleland tentatively scheduled a hearing on Feb. 10 to explore any dispute over the information.

Assistant Attorney General Joseph McGettigan declined to comment or say whether the state has identified Sandusky's alleged victims. Amendola did not return a call for comment on Sunday.

Several alleged victims gave grand jury testimony. It is unclear whether prosecutors have identified "Victim 2," the youth an assistant coach said he saw Sandusky assault in a Penn State locker room shower.

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, who is now on administrative leave, testified he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old in a university locker room shower on a Friday evening in March 2002. McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time, had stopped at the building to pick up recruiting tapes.

Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz said the state can press charges in the case of Victim 2 even if prosecutors can't identify the child, but they must provide defense attorneys with the particulars of a crime.

Ledewitz likened it to a case in which a man is accused of assaulting an immigrant prostitute and then all immigrant prostitutes flee.

"It's very hard to go forward with a case like that, but you can. Can you get a conviction• Well, that's another question," Ledewitz said.

Sandusky, who retired from coaching in 1999, has maintained his innocence on all counts.

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