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Judge Grants Fund Transfer from The Second Mile to Arrow Ministries

by on July 02, 2014 3:40 PM

A judge says The Second Mile -- the controversial non-profit organization founded by former Penn State football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky -- can transfer nearly $900,000 in funds to another non-profit group.

The non-profit group, Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Pennsylvania, which The Second Mile selected to take over several of its youth programs, asked the court in May to obtain nearly $900,000 in additional support from Second Mile as it struggles to raise funds for the programs.

Judge William F. Morgan, who is specially presiding over the case, issued an order Wednesday, ordering the funds to be transferred, along with 10 computers, to Arrow Ministries.

Upon receiving the request, Morgan ordered any parties objecting to the fund transfer to submit concerns in writing by June 23 and scheduled a hearing for July 7 to hear those objections. However, Morgan said in Wednesday's order the court did not receive any objections.

Initially, Centre County Orphans' Court approved the transition of some The Second Mile programs to Arrow Ministries as well as the transfer of $200,000 from Second Mile to Arrow Ministries. In May, the organization said those funds were not enough.

Arrow Ministries filed a petition requesting a transfer of $300,000 from The Second Mile along with a balance transfer of more than $596,000 from the The Second Mile Endowment Fund.

The group says it needs the additional funds immediately to continue programs and conduct fundraising over the next year.

"Despite the transition, and contact with prior donors to The Second Mile, Arrow-PA's fundraising efforts still have yet to gain the traction and support necessary to make Arrow-PA self-sufficient," the request states.

Arrow Ministries operates three programs formerly run by The Second Mile – the Friend Program, Leadership Institute and the summer Challenge Camp.

The court previously barred The Second Mile from spending any of its funds until all legal claims are settled.

Arrow Ministries is requesting the funds while litigation is still ongoing for Victim 6. That lawsuit says Sandusky used his charity for at-risk kids as a "hunting ground" for his victims.

Sandusky is serving 30-60 years in state prison for 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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