Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid Wednesday for a new trial and a second chance to convince a jury he is innocent of the child sexual abuse charges that landed him in state prison to serve a lengthy sentence.
Judge John Foradora denied Sandusky’s requests for a new trial or for dismissal of charges.
The former Penn State assistant football coach’s lawyers said they were disappointed and planned to appeal the decision to Superior Court.
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.
‘‘Although he was denied access to the victims’ psychological records, Sandusky was permitted to call witnesses to explore whether the victims had undergone repressed memory therapy prior to trial, and he did explore that subject’’ with victims and other witnesses, Foradora wrote.
Foradora also rejected arguments that Sandusky’s lawyers should not have let him waive a preliminary hearing, should not have allowed him to give a television interview after his arrest, and should have done more to challenge the identity of a young man described as Victim 2 in court records.
The judge said the bulk of Sandusky’s claims lacked merit.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said prosecutors are confident the convictions will stand.
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 changes at Penn State and new state laws governing child abuse.
Sandusky spent three decades at the university as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno before retiring in 1999.