Pa. court: Lottery for seats for Sandusky hearing

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 5 at 6:42 PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A lottery has been established for public seating for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's next court hearing on child sex-abuse charges.

The Centre County Court of Common Pleas said Monday that applications for seating at the Dec. 13 preliminary hearing would be accepted for 24 hours on the county's webpage starting Wednesday at noon. A random drawing will then be held to assign seats. Those who get seats will be notified on Friday.

Sandusky is charged with abusing eight boys over a 15-year span in a scandal that has enveloped the school and tarnished the reputation of its football program. Sandusky maintains he never sexually abused children.

A court statement said space was limited for the hearing but did not specify how much public seating was available.

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