Sandusky Judge Replaced
The District Judge, Leslie Dutchcot, who freed Jerry Sandusky on bail that was lower than prosecutors requested, and said that he didn’t require an ankle monitor, has been replaced.
The judge was tied as a volunteer for Sandusky’s Second Mile charity and reportedly benefited from a fundraiser organized by a Second Mile official.
Prosecutors say that the charity was a source of victims for the former Penn State football coach, who has been charged in the sexual assaults of eight boys over a 15-year period.
The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts issued a news release on the matter.
The court has assigned an out-of-country magisterial senior district judge to preside over the preliminary hearing in the case of Commonwealth v. Gerald Sandusky.
The assignment came as a response to a request from the Center County Common Pleas Court for an out-of-county judicial assignment.
Judge Robert E. Scott, a senior judge of Westmoreland County, has been assigned to hear the matter. He has no known connections with the Pennsylvania State University, the Second Mile charity, nor any officers or representatives of any of those entities.
The preliminary hearing will be held in Courtroom No. 1, of the Center County Courthouse, on Dec. 7 or a date to be determined by Senior Judge Scott.
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