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Judge delays hearing in Sandusky sex abuse case

By NBC News and msnbc.com staff

BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A preliminary hearing for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, accused of sexually abusing eight boys, has been delayed.

The hearing, set  for Tuesday, was resceduled for Dec. 13 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., according to court records. The change was made “to accommodate the logistical needs involved in the hearing,” a posting on the courthouse website read.

Messages seeking comment from Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola and the state attorney general's office weren't immediately returned to msnbc.com or NBC News.

Sandusky is accused of molesting eight boys beginning in the mid-1990s. Authorities say some assaults happened on Penn State's campus and were reported to administrators but not to police agencies.

Hearings for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, the two former Penn State administrators accused of failing to properly report suspected abuse and of perjury before a grand jury, was set for Dec. 6 in the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. Both maintain their innocence.

The sex-abuse allegations have stunned Penn State and altered the image of its legendary college football coach, Joe Paterno, who was ousted amid the scandal.

Here are other developments in the case:

Frankie Probst, 24, described being friended, mentored and coached by Jerry Sandusky as a child. Between the ages of 10 and 16, Probst frequently spent the weekend with Sandusky, but says that Sandusky never abused him. Natalie Morales reports.