Accused child molester Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing this morning, The New York Times reports.
The 67-year-old former Penn State defensive coordinator’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, informed Judge Robert E. Scott in the courtroom this morning that Sandusky had elected to waive his right to the hearing. Sandusky, who has continued to maintain his innocence, will now go to trial to face the 50 charges of sexual assault levied against him by the state.
“We fully intend to put together the best defense we can,” Sandusky told reporters outside the courtroom, according to The Times. “We’re going to stay the course, and fight for four quarters.”
Today’s cancelled hearing was expected to feature the first public testimony by some of Sandusky’s accusers. It is believed that as many as 10 boys who the former coach is accused of assaulting are expected to testify in the trial. The child sex-abuse scandal has cost longtime head football coach and Penn State legend Joe Paterno his job. Two other Penn State officials are charged with perjury and failure to report abuse in connection with the case and will face a preliminary hearing Friday.