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The Second Mile Nixes Internal Investigation, Report Says

by on August 03, 2012 11:25 AM

The Second Mile has called off its internal probe due in part to its closing and transferring of assets, chief executive David Woodle told the Philadelphia Inquirer

Initially, the investigation was launched to discover if there was any oversight that may have caused the charity's founder, Jerry Sandusky, to serially molest boys for decades that he met through The Second Mile. 

"We're in a different situation now," Woodle told the Inquirer. "We're getting ready to go out of business."

The Inquirer reported the charity has lost donors and board members, as well as the former leader of the organization, Jack Raykovitz, who resigned. 

According to the grand jury presentment, Raykovitz heard allegations of Sanduksy's abuse in 2001, but Sanduksy did not retire from The Second Mile until 2010, when the grand jury investigation was well underway.

In May, The Second Mile announced it was transferring $2 million in assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a Houston-based nonprofit founded by a survivor of child sexual abuse. The Second Mile must have its petition approved by an out-of-county judge before proceeding with the transfer.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He awaits sentencing pending the fulfillment of all necessary psychological evaluations and is incarcerated at the Centre County Correctional Facility.

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