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STATE COLLEGE, PA. (AP) - A new judge was assigned Wednesday to handle the child sex abuse charges against former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, whose televised defense earlier this week drew a rebuke from a lawyer for one of his accusers.
The change removed a State College judge with ties to a charity founded by Sandusky for at-risk children, The Second Mile.
“I am appalled by the fact that Mr. Sandusky has elected to re-victimize these young men at a time when they should be healing,” Andreozzi said in a statement released by his office. “He fully intends to testify that he was severely sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky.”
“We anticipate we’re going to have at least several of those kids come forward and say, `This never happened. This is me. This is the allegation. It never occurred,’” Amendola said.
Andreozzi said he has his “finger on the pulse” of the case and knows of no accusers changing their stories or refusing to testify.
“To the contrary, others are actually coming forward, and I will have more information for you later this week,” Andreozzi said.
Sandusky, 67, appeared on the show by phone and said he had showered with boys but never molested them.
Also Wednesday, a central Pennsylvania police chief said his department did not receive reports from a then-Penn State graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky raping a boy on campus in a football locker room shower in 2002.
The assistant, Mike McQueary, wrote in an email to a friend that was made available to The Associated Press that he had discussions with police about what he saw. In the email, McQueary did not specify which police department he spoke to.
The university has its own police force. Penn State administrators said they were looking into whether McQueary contacted campus police.
Penn State campus police referred all questions on the Sandusky matter to the university’s public information office. When asked about McQueary’s assertion in the email about “discussions” with police, university spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said the school and police “were looking into it.”
The football building is on university property, so campus police would be the most likely to respond for a police call. But it was unclear if university, State College or state police would have been contacted if any such discussion did take place.
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