Bound by a judicial gag order, both Amendola and the attorney general's office were unavailable to comment on the Cleland's ruling Friday. But during a court hearing in Bellefonte last week, Sandusky's lawyer said that without a victim to take the stand prosecutors could not prove their case involving boys identified as Victim 2 and Victim 8.
According to court filings, Mike McQueary, an assistant football coach at the university, walked in on Sandusky naked with the first boy in a locker room shower in 2001. McQueary originally told a grand jury he saw the former coach sodomizing the child, but during a later court hearing said he only heard sexual activity and was convinced that "something sexual in nature" had occurred.
The case of Victim 8, as outlined in a 2011 grand jury presentment, involves a child between the ages of 11 and 13 who a former Penn State janitor saw receiving oral sex from Sandusky. The man told coworkers but never notified authorities. He now suffers from dementia and is unavailable to testify, prosecutors have said.
Amendola also took issue with another case that he said had already been vetted and dismissed. Prosecutors allege Sandusky inappropriately touched a boy identified as Victim 6 while showering with him in 1998.
Penn State police conducted an investigation at the time in conjunction with the state child welfare officials, but then Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar declined to press charges.
Cleland's order Friday ensures that Sandusky will face all of the 52 counts of child sexual abuse he is charged with when opening arguments begin in his trial Monday.
The former coach has repeatedly denied allegations he molested 10 boys in all over a 15-year period.
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