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AG: Sandusky dismissal premature without 'facts'

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By Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State prosecutors say a defense motion asking a judge to dismiss child sexual-abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is premature because there are no "facts" in the form of sworn testimony on which to base the request.

Sandusky's attorney asked a Centre County judge last week to dismiss the charges, arguing some counts are too vague to defend and others involve victims whose identities haven't been determined.

But prosecutors said Friday such an argument can only be made based on sworn testimony already offered in the case. So far, there hasn't been any because Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing and no testimony has been taken at pretrial hearings.

School officials' response to the charges last year led to the firing of head coach Joe Paterno.

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