The Second Mile, the youth charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach and accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky, has begun the process of shutting down, the Associated Press reported.
68-year-old Sandusky is charged with over 50 criminal counts tied to the alleged abuse of boys he met through the charity's events, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
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The 35-year-old organization announced on Friday that they would be transferring their operations to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a non-profit group for abused and neglected children.The Second Mile has submitted a plan to Centre County Court that would move its programs and millions of dollars in assets to the $36 million Texas-based charity, according to the AP.
"The Second Mile has made a positive difference in many peoples' lives, and we are very pleased that Arrow will continue this good work," Second Mile's interim Chief Executive David Woodle said in a statement. "Arrow's mission is consistent with the goals and objectives of The Second Mile's programs. While we are sad that The Second Mile will not continue running programs, we are heartened that the important work of helping children – and their families – reach their full potential will go on."
In November, when Sandusky was charged, a grand-jury report found that officials from the foundation were aware of Sandusky's contact with boys as early as 1998, but kept him on staff while assets more than tripled from 2002 through 2009, according to Bloomberg. Sandusky retired from the foundation in 2010.
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The scandal tarnished the organization's reputation so irreversibly that donors told the Second Mile they would no longer contribute money to the charity, though they still supported the programs, the AP reported.
"We got very little" donor support, "and it trailed off over time," Woodle told AP. "We're really down to hardly any. Our recommendation now to people is if you want to support these programs, support Arrow."