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Sandusky's preliminary hearing delayed for week

| Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

A preliminary hearing for former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges has been postponed for a week, district court officials said on Tuesday.

The hearing will now be held on December 13 at Center County court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. It was earlier scheduled for Dec 7, and originally for Nov 9, days after charges were handed down against Sandusky.

The delay was prompted by the "logistical needs" of the hearing, the court said on its website.

An avalanche of media is expected to descend on central Pennsylvania for the hearing in a case that has stunned the prestigious university and its State College campus, and led to the firing of Penn State's president and its revered football coach Joe Paterno.

Sandusky is the focus of a wide-ranging investigation of alleged child sex abuse, involving eight boys over a 15-year period, which were outlined in a 23-page grand jury report.

Former athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz are facing perjury charges stemming from the investigation. The hearing for Schultz and Curley is slated for Dec 6.

All three men have proclaimed their innocence.

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