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Second Mile Insurer Declining to Cover Sandusky Legal Bills, Report Says

by on March 15, 2012 3:23 PM

The Second Mile's insurer, Federal Insurance Company, is refusing to cover the legal expenses incurred by organization founder Jerry Sandusky, The Nonprofit Quarterly reported this week.

Sandusky, 68, of College Township, established the State College-based Second Mile, a youth-service nonprofit, in 1978. He retired from the organization in September 2010.

Now charged with 52 criminal counts in a child-sexual-abuse case, Sandusky met his alleged victims through The Second Mile, state prosecutors have said. The prosecution has listed 10 identified victims over a roughly 15-year period. Sandusky has maintained that he is innocent.

And he has sought to have Federal Insurance Company, through its policy for the Second Mile, cover his legal bills.

But the company has countered that "providing coverage for these types of criminal and civil claims would be repugnant to Pennsylvania public policy," according to the Nonprofit Quarterly report.

"Sandusky's lawyers counter that the insurance policy sold to The Second Mile does not mention exclusions or other provisions that would allow it to avoid paying expenses for Sandusky," the report reads.

Posted here, the Nonprofit Quarterly piece goes into some legal nuances at work in the matter. The court has not ruled on the issue.

Sandusky also is a former Penn State assistant football coach.

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