BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A preliminary hearing in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is scheduled to take place here Tuesday, and several of the unidentified young men who say they were sexually abused by him are expected to be called to testify.
The purpose of the hearing is for Senior District Judge Robert Scott to decide whether the prosecution has enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial. Sandusky, who will be at the hearing, has been charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of 10 young boys, many of whom he allegedly met through the Second Mile foundation he set up in 1977 to help at-risk youths.
Sandusky has denied the charges, admitting only to engaging in "horseplay" in the shower with boys. The 10 young men who have accused Sandusky of sexual abuse already have told their stories under oath before a grand jury, which led to the charges filed against the former coach last month.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office declined to comment regarding which witnesses will be called to testify, but lawyers for several of the young men have said their clients will testify at the hearing.
Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, told The Associated Press Monday that the former Penn State coach is "looking forward to the opportunity to face his accusers" but is also dreading the experience.
"He's going to have to sit in a courtroom with a couple hundred people -- I understand it's going to be filled to capacity, including members of his family, and friends -- who are going to listen to these young men say horrific things occurred between them and Jerry," Amendola said.
Centre County Courthouse officials are bracing for a large crowd in and around the court, with the streets surrounding the court already closed by Monday night.