Jerry Sandusky’s charity for at-risk children, The Second Mile, has asked a Centre County judge for permission to sell its headquarters after becoming embroiled in the former Penn State coach’s sexual abuse scandal and ceasing operations last year.
The papers filed Friday in Centre County Orphans Court say the charity is under contract to sell the building on S. Atherton Street in State College for $650,000. They identify the buyer as A.G.L. 2 Limited Partnership.
Sandusky founded The Second Mile in 1977 to provide foster homes for children and the organization grew into a youth services organization with a statewide reach that provided character building programs for disadvantaged youth.
Prosecutors alleged during Sandusky’s trial that he used the organization for access to children. Many of the boys he was convicted of sexually abusing testified they first met Sandusky at events held by The Second Mile.
In May, The Second Mile announced that it had plans to transfer its assets and programs to Arrow Child and Family Ministries, a Texas-based organization with a mission of helping at-risk children, according to papers filed in Centre County Orphans Court.
Lawyers for several men who claim Sandusky abused them as children moved to block the transfer in August, arguing that they may be entitled to a share of the organizations assets. The Second Mile agreed to put the deal on hold until all of the lawsuits against Sandusky and The Second Mile have been resolved.
Sandusky, 69, was convicted of abusing 10 boys between 1994 and 2009 and was sentenced in October to 30 to 60 years behind bars. He is serving his sentence in a maximum security state prison in Green County.
Source: The Morning Call