BELLEFONTE — Prosecutors will provide Jerry Sandusky’s attorney with the names of his accusers, but they argue they should not be required to provide other details requested by the defense.
In a document filed late Monday in Centre County court, Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Eshbach wrote that the names of the 10 people identified in a grand jury presentment will be delivered by personal service to attorney Joe Amendola by the close of business Friday.
It appears that process would avoid disclosing the accusers’ names in public court records.
When prosecutors released the first grand jury presentment in November, two of the alleged victims weren’t known: a young boy seen with Jerry Sandusky by Mike McQueary in a locker room shower in 2002 and another boy a janitor saw with Sandusky in a locker room shower in 2000.
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It wasn’t clear from court documents whether they have since been identified.
Sandusky, 68, a former Penn State football defensive coordinator, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. He has steadfastly maintained that he is innocent of the charges.
Eshbach’s filing comes in response to Amendola’s requests for the names, ages and addresses of Sandusky’s accusers as well as information about where and when each of the alleged instances of sexual abuse occurred.
But Eshbach is asking the judge to deny Amendola’s request for information beyond the accusers’ names. She wrote that the request is an attempt to discover prosecutors’ trial evidence and strategy and that the information in the presentment explains the allegations.
“The request is not a vehicle by which the (c)ommonwealth must recite, verbatim, all of the evidence which is in its possession, its theories of the case, the applicability of those theories to the law, and, among other things, names of witnesses, co-defendants, or statements of co-defendants,” Eshbach wrote.
One of the accusers’ attorneys, Jeffrey Fritz, said he thinks Amendola already knows the names.
“But putting that aside, my understanding of criminal procedure is, he’s entitled to that,” said Fritz, who’s representing a young man identified as Victim 4 in the first grand jury report.
Sandusky is scheduled to be in court Feb. 10 for a hearing on modifying his bail to allow him to have visits with his grandchildren. The hearing was scheduled to resolve any outstanding disputes from the defense’s requests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.