Judge allows Jerry Sandusky, on child sex abuse charges, visits with grandchildren


A Pennsylvania judge has eased bail restrictions on former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, allowing him visits with 11 of his 14 grandchildren as he awaits trial on child sex abuse charges.

Sandusky, 68, the former Penn State assistant football coach who admitted last year in an interview that he showered with young boys though insisted he was not a pedophile, is charged with 52 counts of abuse involving 10 boys between 1994 and 2008.

(GlobalPost reports: Sandusky: I showered with young boys, but I'm not a pedophile)

Meanwhile, the mother of three of Sandusky’s grandkids, criticized Judge John M. Cleland’s ruling Monday and will have another judge decide if her kids can visit him while he is under house arrest, according to the Patriot News.

"I do not believe it is safe for my children, or any children, to be around Jerry Sandusky," Jill Thomas, who is in a custody dispute with her ex-husband, Matt Sandusky, said in a statement

USA Today reported that the same judge also rejected a prosecution request that a jury in Sandusky's upcoming trial be drawn from outside the State College area, a move legal analysts said was important to Sandusky's May 14 trial.

The paper quotes Widener University law professor Wesley Oliver as saying defense attorneys are likely hoping that the jury pool will include people who view Sandusky as one of the architect's of Penn State's football success.

"Sandusky just needs to find one person who will put more weight on his football reputation," Oliver said. "It is a potentially high-risk, high-reward game."

"I'm sure they are looking for anyone who knows Sandusky as one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation," the paper quotes Jeffrey Lindy, an attorney who has dealt with child sex abuse cases, as saying. 

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