New judge assigned to preside over Sandusky preliminary hearing
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - A new judge has been assigned in the child sex-abuse case against former Pennsylvania State University football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, court officials announced Wednesday.
Senior Westmoreland County Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott has been named as the jurist who will preside over Sandusky's preliminary hearing, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Centre County Courthouse, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
The assignment came in response to a request from the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, the AOPC stated, and follows controversy surrounding Sandusky's bail proceedings after his arraignment.
Sandusky was arraigned earlier this month by Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot in Bellefonte, Pa. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bail, despite a push for larger bail by prosecutors.
It was soon discovered that Dutchcot was a volunteer and donor to the Second Mile, the nonprofit organization Sandusky founded in the late 1970s that helps underprivileged kids.
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