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Second Mile Agrees to Keep Assets for Pending Sandusky-Related Lawsuits

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by Neilson

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Jerry SandusksyThe Second Mile agreed to a stipulation between the victims of Jerry Sandusky and the state attorney general's office to hold off on the transfer of assets and programs to protect victims who may seek damages as part of litigation.

The stipulation to stay proceedings in the Centre County case was filed this morning, Second Mile chief executive officer David Woodle said.

The charity -- founded by Mr. Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach found guilty of sexually abusing Second Mile and other children in June -- had asked to transfer funds and programs to Arrow Child & Family Ministries.

That organization, based in Texas, also does work in Pennsylvania. The transfer would allow Second Mile summer camps and mentoring programs to continue.

Several attorneys for the victims requested the delay of the transfer.

"The voice of the victims got lost in this whole thing," Mr. Woodle said. "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."

The delay will allow any pending or future claims by the victims to be resolved before programs or assets are transferred, Mr. Woodle said.