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Judge sets May trial date for Sandusky abuse case

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is seen being taken by police in Bellefonte, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

February 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A judge on Friday set a tentative trial date of May 14 for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is asking for changes to his bail restrictions, requesting greater freedom of movement and visits from his young grandchildren.

But prosecutors countered that Sandusky's home is not a safe place for children, and asked Judge John Cleland for more restrictions.

"This home was not safe for children for 15 years, and it's not safe for children now," said state prosecutor Jonelle Eshbach.

The attorney general's office wants Sandusky confined to the inside of his home while on house arrest awaiting trial, but the defense is asking that he be allowed out occasionally to help with the case.

Cleland promised to rule quickly on the dueling requests for changes to Sandusky's bail and a number of other issues.

Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts for alleged sexual misconduct involving boys over 15 years, actions that police and prosecutors say have included violent sexual assault inside the Penn State football team facilities. He has denied the allegations.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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