On Thursday morning, Judge John Cleland threw out three of the 51 child sexual abuse charges facing former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.
According to the Associated Press, Cleland decided that there simply wasn’t enough proof to support one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count of aggravated indecent assault involving the accuser that’s been referred to as Victim 4.
Beyond that, he also determined that a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving another boy was a duplicate charge, thus, Cleland tossed that as well.
In the case of the thrown out Victim 4 charges, Cleland noted that, because there was no confirmation that penetration had actually occurred, "the verdict was not supported by the evidence."
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The defense had previously asked for five other counts related to a boy that had allegedly been seen with Sandusky by a janitor to be thrown out, but Cleland denied that request.
Despite this minor setback for the prosecution, Sandusky still faces 48 counts of sexual abuse. This abuse allegedly spanned 15 years and involved 10 different boys.
Closing statements are set to take place later this morning, and then jury deliberations could begin as early as this afternoon.
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