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Second Mile Seeks Approval to Officially Dissolve Sandusky's Nonprofit

by on January 13, 2016 6:00 AM
State College, PA

Over four years after the Sandusky scandal first rocked Penn State and State College, the charity destroyed by it has reached the final step before ceasing to exist.

The Second Mile, the nonprofit organization founded by Jerry Sandusky in 1977 to support at-risk children and their families, likely won't live through the new year.

Howard Rosenthal, an attorney for the charity, petitioned the Centre County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday to allow for the distribution of the Second Mile's assets and the charity's dissolution.

The Second Mile was at one time described as a "shining example" of charity work by then-president George H.W. Bush in 1990 before being forced to cease operations when the scandal came to light and its founder was convicted on 45 country of child sexual abuse.

"As a result of the Sandusky disclosures, donations to The Second Mile virtually ceased," Rosenthal explained in Tuesday's legal filing. "The Second Mile's volunteer base, on which it relied to deliver its programming, shrank considerably, and certain referral sources to the Second Mile's programs were reluctant to refer children to The Second Mile programs while Sandusky was under a cloud of suspicion."

The charity explored options including restructuring, but eventually determined that it would have to transfer programs to other nonprofit organizations and eventually dissolve. 

"Petitioners determined that ... The Second Mile could not continue its charitable purpose but should transfer its programs to another nonprofit provider and, ultimately, dissolve," Rosenthal wrote.

The charity has since sold its office building, other unused real estate, intellectual property, and other holdings. According to the petition, the Second Mile has assets of approximately $800,000 remaining with no outstanding debts. At this point, the only remaining step is the court's approval to transfer those remaining assets to the office of attorney general Kathleen Kane for dissolution and distribution.

"Petitioners now seek the approval of this court for the transfer of the remaining assets to the attorney general, who has agreed to accept the funds and hold them in escrow fro appropriate disposition, along with the earnings on such funds, as her office deems appropriate and consistent with the mission of The Second Mile," the filing said.

If the court signs off on the transfer, the charity will officially cease to exist as its remaining assets are distributed by Kane and he office.



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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