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The Second Mile Asks Court to Allow $200,000 Transfer to Continue Youth Programs

by on March 20, 2013 12:46 PM

The Second Mile has asked a judge to permit a "limited transfer" of $200,000 to another charity so three of its youth programs can continue running.

The Second Mile wants to transfer $200,000 to Arrow Child & Family Ministries in order for three programs previously run by The Second Mile – the Friend Program, the Friend Fitness Program and the Leadership Institute – can operate in March and April. Arrow has agreed to run the programs, according to court documents.

A judge has barred The Second Mile from spending any of its funds until all legal claims are settled. In court papers filed Friday, attorneys for The Second Mile requested that the court temporarily lift the restriction so those three programs can be funded.

Lawyers for The Second Mile wrote in the document that if the asset transfer is approved, the charity will focus on resolving claims filed by Sandusky's victims.

Earlier this year, the charity founded by convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky petitioned to transfer nearly $2 million in assets to the Houston-based Arrow Child & Family Ministries.

The Second Mile is also attempting to sell its property on Atherton Street as quickly as possible pending court approval. 

If the limited transfer is approved The Second Mile will get rid of its remaining program staff and move its offices to a shared leased space in Bellefonte, where "all of The Second Mile's historical information and documents will be placed in storage pending the resolution of all claims," court documents state. 

In a statement, Second Mile CEO, David Woodle, says, "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,"  said today.

"We look forward to welcoming the children and their families to Arrow. Since the beginning of this tragedy over a year ago, our desire has been to be a part of the healing process. We are thankful to all of those who made this new beginning possible," said Mark Tennant, a Pennsylvania native who is founder and CEO of Arrow Child & Family Ministries. Tennant himself was a victim of child sexual abuse and was removed from his home and raised in foster care. Arrow Child & Family Ministries provides foster care and adoption services and programs for families in crisis. Arrow operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, California and Honduras.

"Woodle also noted that the submission of the Petition has no impact on the various police investigations. "We are continuing to cooperate fully," Woodle stated. In addition, Woodle said that, except for ordinary business expenses, The Second Mile will invest remaining funds subject to resolving any claims by victims of Jerry Sandusky. After all of the claims have been resolved, Woodle expects to file another Petition with the Court." 

Once all claims are settled and legal proceeding are concluded, The Second Mile intends to file a petition to resolve whatever is left of its assets, according to court documents. 

Second Mile Motion to Lift Stay and Amended Petition for Limited Distribution of Assets

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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