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USA Today | Sandusky Child Sex-Abuse Case Lacks Key Details

(03/04/2012) "It gives the defense an avenue to pursue a theory that, because of the lack of specificity, the witnesses are not credible," says Christopher Mallios, a former Philadelphia prosecutor who specialized in abuse cases. "I certainly understand why the defense is asking for this information."

At the same time, Mallios says the defense — should it pursue such a challenge at trial —does so at some risk by questioning victims about why they didn't track the abuse as it occurred.

"You can't expect victims to be checking off the dates on a calendar as this is happening," he says, adding that it is common for child victims to delay reporting abuse. He also says Pennsylvania law generally provides prosecutors leeway if they are not able to associate alleged offenses with specific dates.

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