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Sandusky Charity To Shut Down, Move To Texas

Alleged child abuser, Jerry Sandusky.

The Second Mile, the charity for troubled youths started by accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, is seeking court approval to shut down after more than 30 years and transfer its programs to a ministry in Texas that severs abused and neglected children.

Sandusky met and abused boys he met at his program, which has diminished into virtually nothing since the former Penn State assistant coach was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse. Since the scandal donations have dried up, volunteers walked and partnering organizations stayed away, and a six-month internal review indicated there was no other option than to shut down.

The State College-based charity began the legal process of dissolving itself today, submitting a plan to Centre County Court that would transfer its programs and millions of dollars in assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc., a $36 million charity that operates in Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California and Honduras.

”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,” the charity’s interim president and chief executive, David Woodle, said in a statement.

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