The Pennsylvania youth nonprofit The Second Mile has dropped plans for an internal investigation into how its past leaders handled child-abuse allegations against the charity’s founder, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
David Woodie, who has led The Second Mile since shortly after Mr. Sandusky’s arrest last November, said the charity’s decision to shut down eliminated the need for an exhaustive probe into what its officials knew about the abuse and when.
“We’re in a different situation now” than when the inquiry by former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham was announced in November, Mr. Woodie said. “We’re getting ready to go out of business.”
Mr. Sandusky is in jail and awaiting sentencing on 45 counts of child sex abuse. The charity he launched in 1977 as a group foster home is holding what it intends to be its last set of summer camps and other youth activities before its assets and programs are taken over by Arrow Child and Family Ministries, a Texas-based organization.
Prosecutors contend that Mr. Sandusky used The Second Mile to meet his victims. According to a grand jury presentment and former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report for Penn State on the scandal, some charity leaders knew as early as 2001 about child-abuse claims involving the former coach.