Penn State scandal: New judge assigned to Jerry Sandusky hearing

McQueary allegedly witnessed the sexual assault of a young boy in 2002.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A new judge has been assigned to handle Jerry Sandusky's preliminary hearing next month on charges that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused eight boys over 15 years.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said Wednesday that Robert E. Scott, a senior district judge in Westmoreland County, would take over the case after Centre County court officials sought an out-of-county jurist.

A statement by the court system says Scott, on the bench since 1964, has no known connections to Penn State or The Second Mile charity Sandusky founded for at-risk children.

The case previously had been assigned to District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who donated to The Second Mile in 2009. She set Sandusky's bail at $100,000, unsecured.

The hearing is Dec. 7.

Police deny McQueary's report claim

A police chief says his department didn't receive reports from the Penn State graduate assistant who testified to a grand jury that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the team showers in 2002.

State College police Chief Tom King says Mike McQueary didn't make a report to his department about Sandusky.

McQueary wrote in a Nov. 8 email to a friend that he'd talked to police about that allegation. The email was made available Tuesday to The Associated Press.

McQueary's testimony led authorities to charge Sandusky with abusing eight boys over 15 years.

In the email, McQueary didn't specify which police department he spoke to.

A school spokeswoman says campus police also don't have records of a 2002 report.