(Reuters) - A judge on Monday granted ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's request to visit with 11 of his 14 grandchildren at his State College home, where he is under house arrest on child sex abuse charges.

 

Judge John Cleland of Centre County Court also ruled in favor of Sandusky by deciding he must be tried by a jury from Centre County, home of Penn State University, where he was an assistant football coach until his firing last fall.

 

Under the ruling, Sandusky may now see most of his grandchildren in his home. He did not win court approval to see three of the 14 grandchildren because their mother, Sandusky's daughter-in-law, objected to his request.

 

Prosecutors had requested a jury made up of people from outside the county, arguing that a jury made up of Centre County residents would place the case in "peril" because they are too emotionally and financially intertwined with Penn State.

 

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges for suspicion of molesting 10 boys between 1994 and 2008. He's been confined to his home since his December. The trial is set to start in May.

Sandusky's November indictment sparked the dismissal of Penn State's iconic head football coach, Joe Paterno, who died on January 22. University President Graham Spanier also lost his job.