New judge to handle Jerry Sandusky case

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — 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.

Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi said he represents a client who will testify against Sandusky, who is accused of abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years.

“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.”

Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, appeared with him on NBC’s “Rock Center” on Monday night and cast doubt on the evidence in the case.

“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.

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