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Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the wake of a massive investigation against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexual assault on several young boys, the executives of The Second Mile -- the charity Sandusky formed in 1977 to work with underprivileged boys, and the avenue through which prosecutors say Sandusky met and groomed each of his eight alleged victims -- announced on Friday that they plan to fold the charity. According to the New York Times, the charity hopes to incorporate some of its programs into other outside organizations.

“We’re working hard to figure out how the programs can survive this event,” new chief executive David Woodle said in an interview with the Times. “We aren’t protective of this organization that it survives at all costs.”

Earlier this week, the charity announced that longtime chief executive Jack Raykovitz was resigning from his role effective immediately in the wake of the scandal. Woodle had been the the vice chair of operations for the charity until Raykovitz resigned on Sunday. Raykovitz has not been charged by Pennsylvania prosecutors of any criminal behavior, nor have they mentioned him as a target of the ongoing investigation, but he has been roundly criticized after reports emerged that he was informed of Sandusky's alleged behavior by Penn State AD Tim Curley in 2002.

Here's more from the Times' report:

On Sunday, the charity’s board of directors authorized the hiring of Lynne M. Abraham and the law firm Archer & Greiner to conduct an independent investigation into Second Mile. The investigation will seek to discover the extent of contact Sandusky had with children who went through the program, when the program learned about various allegations against Sandusky, and how it handled them.

According to testimony given before a grand jury in Harrisburg, Pa., Athletic Director Tim Curley informed the charity’s chief executive in 2002 that Sandusky had been directed not to bring youngsters onto the Penn State campus after a graduate assistant reported that Sandusky had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a boy in a shower. (The graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, testified that he was far more specific and told administrators that he saw Sandusky raping the youth.)

Woodle declined to answer questions about what, if anything, was done after that. Nor would he say if the charity took steps to limit or monitor Sandusky’s interactions with Second Mile youth after Sandusky himself informed the Second Mile in 2008 that he was under investigation for a separate incident involving inappropriate behavior. Woodle said that those were matters that fall under the scope of Abraham’s investigation. He said the board would publicly address those issues and others, but not before she finishes her inquiry, which he said he expected to take until the end of the year.

“The board agrees that these are good questions,” he said. 

Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Can anyone tell me why a chairty for underprivileged boys would be donating a lot of money to a political campaign in the first place? Or paying their director millions in salary? These are all older men who I think already had careers and enough money, did they really need that much more from their chairity job too? Isn't this supposed to be about helping the kids? I mean if it was a governor who was going to make more parks and set up camping programs.. maybe. But a D.A.? What possible reason could a boy's charity have for getting a certain D.A. elected? Unless.. Oh yea.. I get it now.. ewww. That's just gross. Cool



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:43 pm
 

So a charity needs to fold?

How about renaming it, and putting an emphasis on helping on the underprivileged, disadvantaged, less well off---(Inner city minority kids who were born to 15 year old high school dropout parents and have about ZERO chance to succeed without charities like this, government handouts and all of the other good stuff that has become entitlements).  Why does the CHARITY have to close?  It may get more donations from rich, well off, overpriveleged people (White people who work, make money and have hearts, and receive ZERO handouts). Just saying.



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:50 am
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

It should have happened about 5 seconds after the rumors started, not 10 friggin years later...




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:00 am
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Check this out - it goes much deeper than originally reported:




Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:08 am
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

the nature and scope of these alleged crimes has rendered any sense of 'damage control' utterly useless at this point.  I wonder how many Valium and whiskey sours Sandusky threw down before talking with Costas this past Monday/Tuesday morning?



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:07 am
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Is it folding or just being absorbed into the Pennsylvania archdiocese?   



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

I am announcing today the creation of my own charitable organization that will be called the 3rd Mile. The initial funds to start this groundbreaking program will come from the millions that Penn State will be forced to pay to their victims for the next decade. This Sandusky dude is one sick freak who still remains out on the State College streets.



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Well, he could always fold the molestation part of Second Mile into the Catholic Church.

It would fit perfectly with Pope Ratzinger's mission...

Bishop Finn approves of this statement! Cool




Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

The Second Mile Organization was a cash cow.  It also was good about making camapign contributions to a certain attorney general and now a governor.  Wonder why this case wasn't prosecuted years ago....crownsports.blogspot.com has some good answers and shows the money trail
One of the better reads I've seen on this subject.  It really makes one think this situation has more to do with Pennsylvania politics than PSU itself.  I was originally fine with Joe getting fired, but the more I read I am starting to change my mind.  You could make the case they were taking the focus off the higher ups in Pennsylvania government and cast it directly on Joe.  I'm curious what else is out there...



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

Well, he could always fold the molestation part of Second Mile into the Catholic Church.

It would fit perfectly with Pope Ratzinger's mission...


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