State College (AP) — The Pennsylvania charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky sought permission Friday to transfer more money to a Texas ministry that took over some of its programs.
The Second Mile wants to give an additional $300,000 to Houston-based Arrow Family and Child Ministries. Arrow received $200,000 last year. The petition was filed in Centre County court, the Centre Daily Times reported.
In 2013, Arrow successfully operated some former Second Mile programs, such as Friend and Friend Fitness and a Leadership Quest Conference, according to the filing. But Arrow’s new fundraising efforts have lagged.
“The development of financial support for Arrow-PA has been more challenging than anticipated,” a Second Mile attorney wrote in the petition.
The Second Mile also wants to give its endowment fund to Arrow. It had a balance of $596,932 as of the end of last month. Second Mile CEO Dave Woodle wrote in an email that the money would only be used to operate youth programs in Pennsylvania.
Some of Sandusky’s victims had previously objected to proposed transfers to Arrow. In the new petition, Second Mile said that all claims made by Sandusky victims have been settled or dismissed, except for one brought by the young man known as Victim 6.
Sandusky, Penn State’s longtime defensive coordinator, started The Second Mile in 1977. The Second Mile had been one of the largest providers of youth social services in Pennsylvania until Sandusky’s arrest. Penn State announced last year it was paying $59.7 million to 26 people who had raised claims of abuse at Sandusky’s hands.
Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.
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