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Warren and Forest County Senior Judge Appointed to Hear Second Mile Petition

by on July 31, 2012 4:00 PM

Senior Judge William Morgan will rule on The Second Mile's petition to transfer nearly $2 million in assets to a Houston-based charity, then cease to exist.

Morgan, a senior judge from Warren and Forest County will preside over the case, a Warren and Forest County court administrator confirmed Tuesday, though a court date has not yet been set.

The Second Mile announced in May via its website it would close for good after transferring all of its assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, which has operations in Pennsylvania and was founded by a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. The transfer has to be approved by Centre County Orphan's Court and faces opposition from some of Jerry Sandusky's victims. 

On June 26, attorneys representing Victims 3, 5 and 7 filed documents in Centre County to block The Second Mile's asset transfer. 

A fourth man, identified in court documents as 'John Doe' is also filing to block the transfer. 'John Doe' is a Philadelphia man who, while not a part of the original grand jury presentment, has filed a civil suit in Philadelphia against Sandusky, according to court documents. At least three civil suits have been filed against the university.

According to court documents, transferring $2 million would constitute 40 percent of The Second Mile's holdings and victims' attorneys want The Second Mile prioritize paying off the liabilities incurred from the Sandusky trial, which would be hampered by a transfer of funds.

Sandusky, 68, is incarcerated at Centre County Correctional Facility where he awaits a sentencing pending the fulfillment of all necessary psychological evaluations. He was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse in June.

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