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Pa. court system assigns new judge for Sandusky preliminary hearing in child sex abuse case

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A new judge has been assigned to handle Jerry Sandusky's preliminary hearing next month on charges that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused eight boys over 15 years.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said Wednesday that Robert E. Scott, a senior district judge in Westmoreland County, would take over the case after Centre County court officials sought an out-of-county jurist.

A statement by the court system says Scott, on the bench since 1964, has no known connections to Penn State or The Second Mile charity Sandusky founded for at-risk children.

The case previously had been assigned to District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who donated to The Second Mile in 2009. She set Sandusky's bail at $100,000, unsecured.

The hearing is Dec. 7.

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