Charity Tainted in Penn State Case May Close

Second Mile chief says funds might be transferred elsewhere
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2011 6:14 AM CST
Jerry Sandusky, in a photo from Nov. 5.   (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Andy Colwell, File)

(Newser) – In the not-so-surprising department, the charity at the center of the Penn State rape allegations may shut down. The chief of Second Mile tells the New York Times that the charity is looking into how to transfer its money to other nonprofits that help disadvantage kids. He later tempered that by saying the organization was reaching out to its major donors to see whether there was any way to salvage it.

"Look, we're facing an uphill battle, but we want these programs to survive," David Woodle the the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "If we just don't have any support, they may have to go away, but we're working hard to make sure that doesn't happen." Jerry Sandusky founded the charity in 1977 and had been the group's main fundraiser until he resigned in September 2010. Authorities say he used it to groom his victims, and Second Mile officials were reportedly notified of concerns about Sandusky's behavior in 2002. The charity has hired an outside law firm to investigate its handling of the case, and the inquiry is being led by former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham.

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