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Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Sandusky's Second Mile charity to fold

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. 

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:13 am
 

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College took an interesting turn over the weekend, when it was pointed out that the judge who released the former Penn State defensive coordinator on bail had ties to The Second Mile - the charity founded by Sandusky.

Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing children, targeting many of his victims through the organization set up for troubled youths. Prosecutors in the case requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky, but Judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed him to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Judge Dutchcot's biography on the website of the law firm Goodall & Yurchak previously listed her as a volunteer for The Second Mile. Since news of the ties between the district judge and Sandusky spread, it appears the law firm has opted to pull down all of their attorney and staff profiles from the website.

Dutchcot's ties to Sandusky probably should have been addressed publicly before presiding on the case. If is possible her volunteering could have had no direct contact to the alleged sex offender at all. However, dropping the bail to 20% of the prosecution's request and then pulling the biography from the law firm's website do not help Dutchcot's argument for being the right person to preside over this matter.

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Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:13 am
 

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College took an interesting turn over the weekend, when it was pointed out that the judge who released the former Penn State defensive coordinator on bail had ties to The Second Mile - the charity founded by Sandusky.

Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing children, targeting many of his victims through the organization set up for troubled youths. Prosecutors in the case requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky, but Judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed him to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Judge Dutchcot's biography on the website of the law firm Goodall & Yurchak previously listed her as a volunteer for The Second Mile. Since news of the ties between the district judge and Sandusky spread, it appears the law firm has opted to pull down all of their attorney and staff profiles from the website.

Dutchcot's ties to Sandusky probably should have been addressed publicly before presiding on the case. If is possible her volunteering could have had no direct contact to the alleged sex offender at all. However, dropping the bail to 20% of the prosecution's request and then pulling the biography from the law firm's website do not help Dutchcot's argument for being the right person to preside over this matter.

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:58 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:15 am
 

Jerry Sandusky updates: statements, resignations

Posted by Adam Jacobi

CBSSports.com: Curley, Schultz step down amid investigation

Penn State announced that athletic director Tim Curley and VP/treasurer Gary Schultz have asked to be put on administrative leave as they are investigated for charges of perjury and failure to report. Curley and Schultz are being charged for not alerting authorities to reports they got from Penn State football staff about alleged sex crimes involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a minor.

PSU.edu: Trustees announce 2 officials to step down while case is investigated

Here is Penn State's official statement on Curley and Schultz stepping down. Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Sherburne will serve as interim athletic director until Curley’s legal situation is resolved.

PennLive.comSen. Piccola wants probe of Penn State University officials' alleged inaction

State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, the chairman of the state Senate Education Committee, suggests university trustees should be just as disturbed as he is about the accusations levied against Jerry Sandusky and conduct their own investigation into the university’s response. 

PennLive.comReport: Former coach Jerry Sandusky used charity to molest kids

Current Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary was identified as the then-graduate assistant who told Penn State staff about discovering Sandusky performing sex acts on a young boy in a university shower in 2002. The grand jury has found McQueary to be a credible witness in their investigation.

CBSSports.com: Paterno releases statement on Sandusky case

In a statement released Sunday, Joe Paterno said he was not made aware of the specific allegations by McQueary in 2002 and said, "if this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers."

Philly.com: Accused coach founded youth home

According to the grand jury presentment, a 1998 report involving Sandusky and a boy in the football shower area was reviewed by University Police and Child Protective Services with the knowledge of then-university counsel Wendell Courtney, who was (and remains) counsel for Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile.
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Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's taken over two years, but a federal grand jury investigation into legendary Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has concluded -- and the 67-year-old coach now faces 40 charges of sex crimes against minors, according to the Patriot-News. And while Sandusky hasn't been a coach at PSU since the end of the 1999 season, the allegations he faces go back as far as 1996.

Sandusky first went in front of the grand jury back in late March of this year, and he wasn't the only one involved with Penn State to come in for questioning; no less than Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and retired PSU VP Gary Schultz also testified before the grand jury, though it's not known exactly what they told investigators or how germane their testimony was to the cases at hand.

Here's more from the Patriot-News about the nature of the charges against Sandusky:

The charges follow a more-than two year grand jury investigation that began when a Clinton County teen alleged inappropriate contact against the 67-year-old former coach.

During the investigation, older allegations from 1998 surfaced as well. In the older case, Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower.

All in all, the 40 charges include corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, various indecent assault charges on persons under 16 (and sometimes 13), and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Although the alleged offenses don't have specific dates attached to them -- all but one are listed for January 1 -- they go back as far as 1995, according to court records. The other alleged dates of offense stretch as late as 2005, with other alleged offenses interspersed liberally in the 10-year period.

Obviously, Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty, and until that time it would be unfair to him and his family to start casting aspersions against him for what are very serious and disturbing allegations. The fact that this investigation has progressed this far, however, does not bode well for the man once thought to be Penn State's head-coach-in-waiting -- or for the children's charity, The Second Mile, that Sandusky had been involved in since 1977 before stepping down last year.

From a college football standpoint, it's going to be extremely interesting to see if Penn State had any knowledge of Sandusky's alleged transgressions, or if allegations and accusations had made their way to the PSU athletic department while Sandusky was still an employee there. One would hope not, of course, and until specific evidence arises suggesting that, Joe Paterno's legacy shouldn't be in any way tarnished by the news about Sandusky.

That all said, it's now true that for nearly five years, Penn State was employing a man who was allegedly committing indecent assaults on children, so questions absolutely must be asked about what the athletic department knew and when. To suggest otherwise is to put politics ahead of concern for abused children.

 
 
 
 
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