June 28, 2012
Sandusky Victims Challenge Transfer of Charity to Christian Foster Ministry
Petition says Second Mile's $2.5 million in assets should be reserved for compensating abuse victims of Penn State coach.
If several of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse victims have their way, the convicted felon’s former charity, “The Second Mile,” will not be allowed to transfer $2.5 million in assets to Texas-based foster ministry Arrow Child and Family Ministries. CT reported earlier how Sandusky's charity couldn't survive donor fallout from the sex abuse scandal at Penn State's football program.
According to initial reports, a petition against distribution of assets was filed in Centre County Orphans' Court on Tuesday by three victims who testified against Sandusky this month, in addition to a fourth man who accused Sandusky of sexual abuse in a televised interview last week.
"The court's first priority must be to preserve [the Second Mile's] assets to maximize its ability to pay current and future liabilities," lawyers for the men known as Victims 3, 5, and 7 wrote in court filings.
Arrow founder Mark Tennant, himself a victim of sexual abuse, hopes to hire and move all of The Second Mile's employees away from the group’s State College headquarters -- which went up for sale Tuesday, listed at $750,000.