The Second Mile is delaying its plan to transfer remaining assets and funds to a Texas-based youth charity in respect to the requests of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and some individuals who Jerry Sandusky was charged with abusing.
The Second Mile originally filed the petition to transfer specific programs and assets to the Arrow Child and Family Ministries -- which has some operations in Pennsylvania, as well as headquarters in Texas. The petition is a way of ensuring at-risk children continue to get support and help, Second Mile Interim CEO David Woodle said in a statement released on its website Monday morning.
The petition, previously filed on May 25, has been delayed until further notice as an attempt to allow “any pending or future claims filed by Jerry Sandusky's victims to be resolved before key programs or assets are considered for transfer,” the statement reads.
Woodle also said that The Second Mile hopes to continue its programs until any assets are transferred, and that recent programs held this summer, including the Challenge Summer Camps and the Friend Mentoring Program, were well received and attended.
The delay in the petition, however, will not affect the on-going external investigation of the organization and The Second Mile will “[continue] to cooperate fully,” Woodle said in the statement.
The Second Mile is the charity Sandusky founded. Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coach, was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing children he met through the Second Mile.