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Sandusky waives hearing

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Former Penn State coach to be arraigned on child sex abuse charges in January

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has decided to waive his preliminary hearing scheduled for today in Bellefonte, PA. The case is likely to move forward toward a trial, as both sides have said a plea deal is not in the works.

The decision by Sandusky, accused on 52 counts of sexual molestation of children, meant his accusers would not be able to repeat their claims of child sex abuse in a courtroom. Defense lawyer Joseph Amendola called the cancelation a "tactical decision" to prevent the men from reiterating the same claims they made to the grand jury.

Afterward, Amendola took his case to the courthouse steps and assailed the credibility of the alleged victims and witnesses.

"There will be no plea negotiations," Amendola said. "This is a fight to the death."

Amendola said he believed some of the young men may have trumped up their claims and that others may came forward in a bid to make money by suing Sandusky, Penn State and Sandusky's Secopnd Mile charity.

"We're pursuing a financial motivation," Amendola said, "Finances and money are great motivators."

Amendola also attacked the credibility of former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told a grand jury that as a graduate assistant in 2002 he witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the showers of the Nittany Lions football building.

Witnesses have contended before the grand jury that Sandusky committed a range of sexual offenses against boys as young as 10, assaulting them in hotel swimming pools, the basement of his home in State College and in the locker room showers at Penn State.

Sandusky has denied the allegations, which led to the departures of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the university president. He is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over the span of 12 years.

Sandusky has told NBC and The New York Times that his relationship to the boys who said he abused them was like that of an extended family. Sandusky characterized his experiences with the children as "precious times" and said the physical aspect of the relationships "just happened that way" and didn't involve abuse. He admitted to showering with young boys on numerous occasions.

He told reporters as he left the courthouse that he would "stay the course, to fight for four quarters" and "wait for the opportunity to present our side."

Sandusky is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Jan. 11, although his attorney said he not attend the arraignment either. He remains under house arrest.

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