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Sandusky trial opens today, but many questions will linger

The trial of Jerry Sandusky, which will begin today when prosecutors and his lawyer make opening statements before a central Pennsylvania jury, will probably be over in a few weeks.

But when it comes to getting to the bottom of what happened, it will definitely not be the final word.

Testimony in the child sex abuse case will focus on the 52 counts and 10 accusers for which the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach could, if convicted, spend the rest of his life behind the bars of a state prison.

Many other questions, however, are being asked in a number of forums that would have to be answered for the complete story to come to light.

First, the State Attorney General's Office has repeatedly indicated it has an "active and ongoing" related investigation, and the mere existence of the open investigation suggests additional charges.

The university has said its president has been in talks with state prosecutors about when he will appear before a grand jury to answer questions, and Penn State disclosed last month that it would cover legal expenses of eight employees who also received subpoenas.

Citing a gag order, a spokesman for the attorney general declined to comment on the current status of the investigation.

There also clearly is a federal investigation, but there are few details beyond the fact that Penn State said that in February it had been issued a wide-ranging subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

Penn State has spent millions of dollars already on its own investigation into the matter, led by former federal judge Louis Freeh, who spent eight years as FBI director. That report is expected to be issued after the Sandusky criminal trial ends, perhaps in August, and should add substantially to what is known about the scandal.

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