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Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile charity delays plan to shut down

August 27, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Jerry Sandusky is taken from the courthouse in handcuffs to jail to await sentencing.
Jerry Sandusky is taken from the courthouse in handcuffs to jail to await… (Nabil K. Mark / MCT )

The Second Mile, a charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, announced Monday that it will postpone its plan to shut down until lawsuits against the charity are resolved.

The Second Mile had petitioned a judge to allow it to shut down and shift its programs and millions of dollars in assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc.

"Our goal is to ensure that the at-risk children who benefit from the Second Mile programs continue to receive the support they need while also being mindful of Jerry Sandusky's victims and the horrible abuse they suffered," said David Woodle, the charity's chief executive. "Both the Second Mile and Arrow feel that staying the petition at this time will better serve all involved as it limits further stress on the victims and avoids unnecessary litigation costs."

Sandusky, Penn State's longtime defensive coordinator, started the Second Mile in 1977. He was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys and awaits sentencing. He has maintained his innocence.

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