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Sandusky Accusers File Motions to Remain Anonymous

There is little doubt that the alleged victims of the sex crimes committed by Jerry Sandusky will have to take the stand and testify when the trial starts in early June. A major concern has arisen in the fact that these witnesses will be forced to state their name before testifying, effectively revealing their identities to the inevitable swarm of national and local media, and subsequently, the world.

On Monday, attorneys for victims 3, 4, 5, and 7 filed motions at the Centre County Courthouse in the hopes of preventing that from happening. The motions asked for the court to consider allowing the alleged victims to use pseudonyms when giving testimony, and cited several previous high-profile cases as precedence for this procedure.

Additionally, seven groups relating to sexual abuse prevention filed an Amici Curiae brief in support of protecting the accusers’ identities. Those documents can be found on the Centre County Government website. Jury selection for the trial is set to begin June 5.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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