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Judge Okays Transfer of Funds From Second Mile to Texas-Based Charity

by on April 23, 2013 6:15 PM

A Centre County judge has approved The Second Mile's request to transfer $200,000 to Texas-based Arrow & Child Family Ministries. The transfer also includes database information, various office equipment and supplies, along with two vans.

The Second Mile's assets are frozen pending resolution of lawsuits filed by people who were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky founded the charity to help at-risk children. Earlier this month, The Second Mile requested permission to transfer $200,000 to Arrow to keep three of its programs in operation. Arrow has agreed to run the Friend Program, the Friend Fitness Program and the Leadership Institute.

In his ruling, Judge William Morgan said, “There will be essentially no net loss to the prospective plaintiffs by the approval of this transfer. “The transfer of funds and program information that benefits at-risk and deprived children prevents the extremely effective programs from being denied to those in need.”

The Second Mile has promised that if the transfer is approved it would get rid of its remaining program staff and move its offices to a shared leased space in Bellefonte. That's where "all of The Second Mile's historical information and documents will be placed in storage pending the resolution of all claims," according to previously-filed court documents. 

In an earlier statement, Second Mile CEO, David Woodle, said, "Our goal has been 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."

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30-60 year sentence for sexually abusing young boys. He is being held at a maximum-security prison and spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.



Kevin Horne is the Managing Editor of Onward State and frequent contributor to StateCollege.com. He is also a Penn State senior, majoring in journalism and political science.
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