Second Mile seeks relief from money-transfer ban

mdawson@centredaily.comMarch 16, 2013 

Lawyers for The Second Mile are asking a judge to lift the hold on the plan to transfer money and resources to a Texas organization as part of the charity’s plan to shut down.

The charity that was founded by Jerry Sandusky was ruined financially by its association with the convicted pedophile, and lawyers sought court approval last year for the transfer of its assets and $2.5 million to Arrow Family and Child Ministries.

But several of Sandusky’s victims objected to the plan and filed legal papers to stop the proposed transfer. A judge put the transfer on hold in the summer.

Interim CEO David Woodle said Friday that the charity’s lawyers have come up with a revised transfer arrangement “that we believe meets everyone’s interests.”

According to the plan, Second Mile would transfer $200,000 to Arrow as well as all of its intellectual property, including three programs for children: Friend, Friend Fitness and Leadership Institute. The money would allow Arrow to run the programs, the court papers said.

The plan also calls for the remaining Second Mile staff to be let go and its offices moved to Bellefonte, where records and computers will be stored.

The charity’s endowment would be kept in its existing investment account until the victims’ claims are resolved.

After the transfer, the charity’s focus would be a continued effort to resolve victims’ claims, responding to external investigations and selling its property on Bernel Road in Patton Township, according to the court papers.

The charity said there is a sales agreement for the building of its former headquarters on South Atherton Street.

The charity’s lawyers would file a request to shut down after claims are resolved and legal matters are litigated.

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