PENN STATE SCANDAL

Jerry Sandusky plea not coming before preliminary hearing

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer says no plea talks are under way on the eve of Tuesday's preliminary hearing in the Penn State child sex-abuse case.

Sandusky faces a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. (Photo: Associated Press)

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, tells The Associated Press that the former defensive coordinator for Penn State's football team isn't negotiating a plea.

Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex-abuse involving 10 boys he met through his children's charity.

Amendola says Sandusky is eager to hear from the accusers at Tuesday's preliminary hearing in Bellefonte, near State College.

The 67-year-old Sandusky was once the heir apparent to coach longtime football coach Joe Paterno. The scandal has cost Paterno his job.

Two other school officials charged with perjury and failure to report abuse face a preliminary hearing Friday in Harrisburg.

Amendola "not flinching"

Amendola, meanwhile, is not flinching from the weight of public opinion as he plans for Tuesday's preliminary hearing in the child sex-abuse case.

Sandusky's lawyer has let his client confront the charges as the national spotlight descends on Happy Valley.

Legal experts consider it risky to have let Sandusky give news interviews, where the coach stumbled when asked about his interest in children.

Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson calls the interviews "horrifying."

But Amendola tells The Associated Press this weekend that there's a method to his madness. He says he has a well-thought-out strategy.

Amendola says the hearing presents an opportunity to hear from the 10 accusers. Sandusky maintains his innocence.

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