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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Judge Drops Three Charges, 48 Remain

On Monday, one charge of unlawful contact with a minor was dropped in the trial of former Penn State Nittany Lions football coach Jerry Sandusky. Three more charges were dropped on Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press.

Judge John Cleland reportedly found that two charges against Victim 4, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, were unsupported by evidence. Cleland also said that another charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving another victim duplicated another count.

With the three dropped charges, Sandusky still faces 48 criminal counts involving 10 victims for alleged sexual abuse. On Wednesday, the defense rested its case, and now both the prosecution and the defense will present their closing arguments on Thursday.

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