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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Judge John Cleland throws out 3 of 51 counts against Sandusky

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky exits the courthouse after the defense rested it's case at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Nabil K. Mark,AP Photo/Centre Daily Times

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Jerry Sandusky exits the courthouse after the defense rested it's case at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Nabil K. Mark,AP Photo/Centre Daily Times

(CBS/AP) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial has thrown out three of the 51 charges against the former Penn State assistant football coach.  Sandusky still faces 48 counts. Judge John Cleland dismissed two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse related to the alleged sexual abuse of an accuser known as "Victim 4."

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Cleland says the charges did not bear out what testimony revealed. The judge also dismissed a count that he says was the same as another charge.

On Tuesday, Sandusky's defense questioned state police investigator Corporal Joseph Leiter about whether he had shared information about the accusations of other alleged victims with Victim 4 during an April 2011 interview.

Victim 4, now 28, testified last week that Sandusky sexually abused him in the locker-room showers and in hotels for five years while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games.

On the stand, he admitted that he lied to police and his own lawyer about the alleged abuse, saying he had "denied it forever." But he testified calmly and firmly, saying Sandusky performed oral sex on him and sent him "creepy love letters."

Sandusky is accused of abusing 10 boys over 15 years in hotels, at his home and in the football team's showers. He is accused of grooming boys he found through the charity he founded for at-risk youth.

He denies the allegations.

Additional reporting by CBS News' Paula Reid in Bellefonte, Pa.

Complete coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial on CBSNews.com

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