The youth charity founded by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky has suspended plans to shut down and shift its assets to another organization, saying it will wait until lawsuits related to the scandal are resolved, according to the Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In court papers filed Monday, the Second Mile agreed to remain in operation pending possible damage claims by Mr. Sandusky’s victims. Investigators say the former Penn State assistant football coach, now awaiting sentencing on dozens of child sex-abuse charges, used the charity he launched in 1977 to meet boys.
“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.
Mr. Woodle said the delay was also supported by Arrow Child & Family Ministries, the Houston-based nonprofit group slated to take over the Second Mile’s programs and millions of dollars in assets.