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Prosecutors Change Timeline Of Alleged Shower-Room Rape In Jerry Sandusky Trial

(Jerry Sandusky addresses the press following a hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.)

(Jerry Sandusky addresses the press following a hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case have changed the timeline of a critical allegation in the case against the former assistant football coach and two former Penn State administrators.

Up until now, the attorney general’s office has contended that the alleged locker room shower assault that then graduate assistant Mike McQueary claims he witnessed occurred in March 2002.

READ: Complete CBS Philly coverage of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal

That alleged incident has not only resulted in charges against Sandusky, but also led to perjury charges against two former Penn State administrators and led to the firing of the late head coach Joe Paterno.

Now, in a motion to amend an earlier filing, prosecutors say their ongoing investigation has determined that the incident witnessed by McQueary occurred more than a year earlier than thought, in February of 2001, not March 2002.

Prosecutors on Monday also filed their response to the defense motion seeking more information from the Commonwealth.

The lawyers for the two former Penn State administrators facing trial in this case released a statement Monday evening saying the latest development shows the Commonwealth charged this case before it knew the facts.

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