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Judge Orders Hearing Regarding Finances for The Second Mile

by on May 29, 2014 10:58 AM

A judge has ordered a hearing regarding the finances of The Second Mile, the controversial non-profit organization founded by former Penn State football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.

The non-profit group, Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Pennsylvania, which The Second Mile selected to take over several of its youth programs, requested last week to obtain nearly $900,000 in additional support from The 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, which was publicly released Thursday, ordering a hearing for 10:30 a.m. July 7 at the Centre County Courthouse. During the hearing, the judge will hear oral arguments regarding the financial request.

The judge also ordered that any objections to the non-profit's petition be filed by June 23.

At the same time, if the judge does not receive any objections to the financial request, the judge will approve the distribution of additional funds without hearing any arguments.

The judge issued the order to the Attorney General's office and other parties of interest.

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 The Second Mile to Arrow Ministries. Now, the organization says those funds are not enough.

Arrow Ministries filed a petition in court Friday requesting a transfer of $300,000 from The Second Mile along with a balance transfer of more than $596,000 from 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 Second Mile programs – 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. The lawsuit says Sandusky used his charity for at-risk kids, The Second Mile, 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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