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Sandusky team mentions more possible accusers

From Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNN
updated 3:53 PM EDT, Sat May 5, 2012
Jerry Sandusky faces more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with boys dating back to to 1994.
Jerry Sandusky faces more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with boys dating back to to 1994.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New papers filed by Sandusky attorneys suggest there are at least 17 accusers
  • That is a far higher number of alleged victims than the 10 detailed in the charges
  • Sandusky pleaded not guilty to more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with boys

(CNN) -- New court documents filed by attorneys for Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, suggest that there are at least 17 accusers, a far higher number of alleged victims than the 10 detailed in the charges.

In the motion filed Thursday, defense attorney Joe Amendola requested that additional information be disclosed by the court, including details about "all possible accusers who have been identified as Nos. 11 through 17 as well as those whose identification are numbered from 18 and beyond."

The 110-page filing did not identify the alleged accusers and the original 10 were not identified publicly.

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said the move suggests prosecutors will try to establish that Sandusky employed "the same general pattern" with other accusers as "was used with victims one through 10 listed in the indictment."

The attorney general's office declined to comment, citing a court-imposed gag order.

Sandusky, 68, faces more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with 10 boys dating to 1994. Prosecutors allege he met some of his accusers through Second Mile, a charity he created for underprivileged children.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The allegations against Sandusky led to the firing of Penn State's heralded head football coach Joe Paterno only months before he died of complications from lung cancer.

Former university officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report a crime in relation to the investigation.

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