Ex-Penn State Coach Sandusky Waives Hearing

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has waived his preliminary hearing but pledges to keep fighting the charges.

The decision moves Sandusky toward a trial on child sex-abuse charges. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing.

Sandusky told reporters as he left the courthouse that he would "stay the course, fight for four quarters." He says the defense would present their side later.

The decision to waive the hearing was unexpected but not unusual.

At the hearings, prosecutors must show that they have probable cause to bring the case to trial. Prosecutors in this case were expected to meet that relatively low bar, in part because the case been through a grand jury.

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This morning, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will face some of his accusers in court.

Sandusky is charged with 50 counts of child sexual abuse with 10 boys, and has been under house arrest since his arrest last week on new charges.

This morning, prosecutors are expected to open their hearing with their strongest witnesses, including Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary. He told the grand jury he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a Penn State locker room in 2002.

However, NBC News has confirmed a report in the 'Patriot News' that another grand jury witness and McQueary family friend testified when he talked to McQueary that same night, he told him he only heard what he called "sex sounds" in the shower and denied he saw any abuse.

As for Sandusky, his attorney says his client is innocent and suggests some accounts from accusers don't add up.


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