The alleged victims in former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse case sought a court order to shield their identities during his trial, scheduled to start on June 5.
Lawyers for victims, identified in a grand jury report as victims 3, 4, 5 and 7, asked state court Judge John M. Cleland to prevent disclosure of their names in open court and to allow them to use a pseudonym, according to court papers filed today in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
“There exists no compelling reason which justifies the disclosure of Victim #4’s identity which would trump the compelling need for privacy,” Benjamin Andreozzi, an attorney for the alleged victim, said in a court filing.
Sandusky, 68, is charged with more than 50 counts tied to the alleged abuse of boys he met through a charity he founded for needy children. The case led to the firings of Penn State President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January. Two other school officials were charged with perjury in the case.
This month, Sandusky revived a request to have the charges against him dismissed, citing a lack of specificity and sufficient evidence. Prosecutors haven’t identified two of the alleged victims in the case, according to a filing by Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).
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