"The commonwealth failed to present any evidence whatsoever that the defendant presents a clearly defined threat to any student at the adjoining elementary school simply by being on his deck," Cleland responded.
Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts for what prosecutors say was the sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period. He has denied the allegations.
The visitation ruling covers all but three of his 11 grandchildren, ages 2 to 14. Those three children are involved in a custody case, and Cleland deferred decisions about any visits from them to the judge handling that matter.
Cleland said that jury selection will be a challenge but that he would reconsider the ruling if a jury can't be empaneled.
Sandusky was also granted the right to see adult visitors. Under the court's latest order, he will list up to 12 adults he would like to be able to see, subject to approval by the county officials overseeing his home confinement. His visits will be limited to a total of two hours, three times a week.
* Meanwhile, a Penn State administrator yesterday asked a judge to throw out charges that he had lied to the grand jury investigating Sandusky.
Tim Curley argued that the death of football coach Joe Paterno last month left prosecutors without a required second witness to support the perjury charge.
* Also yesterday, Penn State said it has spent $3.2 million on attorneys, consultants and public-relations firms in response to the charges against Sandusky and the fallout.
The university unveiled a website as part of an effort to provide more information to the public.