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Judge Approves Sale of The Second Mile Property

by on November 04, 2014 3:20 PM

A judge has approved the sale of a parcel of land in Patton Township that's owned by The Second Mile, the organization for at-risk youth that was founded by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

A court order was required because the organization's assets were frozen in September of 2012, in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Judge William Morgan, who is specially presiding over the case, approved the sale on Oct. 30. A notice announcing the judge's decision was posted on Nov. 4.

The sale price was $1,050,000 according to a petition filed in September.

The property is located at the intersection of Bernel Road and Fox Hill Road, not far from the University Park Airport. It's being purchased by Michael Lee a businessman who plans to build a large sports complex  at the site.

The Nittany Valley Sports Centre is being advertised as an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art, climate-controlled, indoor sports facility that will host soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, flag football and gymnastics events. Lee did not immediately return a call asking for comment.

The land was originally intended to be the site of the Center for Excellence, a camp for the children participating in The Second Mile programs.

The Second Mile acquired the 60-acre site in 2002. Part of the land was donated by Penn State. The Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program planned to issue a $3 million grant for the project. However, those plans fell apart after Sandusky's arrest and conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is serving a 30 to 60 year sentence in state prison.

The Second Mile is being sued by people who claim they were abused by Sandusky. There's continuing litigation involving Victim 6, who says Sandusky used his charity as a "hunting ground" for his victims. Another victim filed a lawsuit in September naming Sandusky, The Second Mile and Penn State as defendants. That suit claims Sandusky "recruited, groomed and coerced" the victim during the years he attended The Second Mile programs.

Last July the court allowed The Second Mile to transfer nearly $900,000 in funds to Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Pennsylvania, so that Arrow could continue operating several of The Second Mile youth programs.

However, the courts have barred Second Mile from spending any of its remaining funds until all legal claims are settled.

The court order released on Tuesday says proceeds from the sale of the Bernel Road property will be held by The Second Mile to cover "settlements related to Sandusky victims' claims, legal fees, insurance ... transfers and payments related to the dissolution of The Second Mile."

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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