HARRISBURG, Penn. -- A judge on Tuesday ordered state prosecutors to turn over to Jerry Sandusky's lawyer the juvenile court and psychological records of boys who claim the former Penn State assistant football coach molested them.
Judge John M. Cleland's order largely grants a request last week by Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, for information about the eight accusers to help Sandusky build a defense. But the judge placed firm restrictions on how Sandusky's defense team can use the documents.
Prosecutors will have a week to file papers to show that the accusers' psychological files are confidential.
While psychological records are generally protected by a doctor-patient privilege, prosecutors haven't shown the information in their possession is protected, Cleland noted.
Cleland also reserved the right to determine whether Sandusky can use any of the psychological information at trial.
"Other than reading the reports, counsel for the defendant shall make no use of the information contained in the reports without the prior authorization of the court," Cleland wrote.
He also ordered prosecutors to provide Sandusky with current contact information for the accusers. But he directed Amendola to go to a Dauphin County judge who supervised the grand jury that recommended charges against Sandusky with any requests for evidence presented to the grand jury.
Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts of sexually abusing children and is scheduled to stand trial starting May 14.
Initially charged Nov. 5, Sandusky has been confined to his home on $250,000 bail since he was hit with a second round of charges in early December. Prosecutors allege he sexually abused 10 young boys, only eight of whom are known to prosecutors, between 1994 and 2009.
The charges touched off a scandal at Penn State that led the board of trustees to fire legendary football coach Joe Paterno and forced president Graham Spanier to resign.
Two other Penn State officials athletic director Timothy Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are charged with failure to report child abuse and allegedly lying to the grand jury about what they knew of allegations against Sandusky.
Also Tuesday, Penn State said it will reimburse legal expenses of employees who received subpoenas from the attorney general's office.
The university suggested those who received subpoenas retain their own attorneys, saying fees would be paid out of a university insurance policy. It was unclear how many people were served with subpoenas last week.
Trustees also have asked former FBI director Louis Freeh to lead a separate internal investigation. A report could be issued by this fall.
The trustees said Tuesday that the board could review the report to ensure that important areas were investigated and there were no factual gaps, but it would be solely the work of Freeh's team and would not be edited by anyone else.
Judge: Sandusky Prosecutors Must Share Accusers' Criminal, Psychological Histories
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