Image: The Second Mile headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania
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The Second Mile headquarters in State College, Pa. Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky founded the Second Mile charity for disadvantaged youth in 1977.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/18/2011 7:06:44 PM ET 2011-11-19T00:06:44

The Second Mile charity is trying to determine how to move forward or whether to close the program amid child sex abuse allegations against its founder, former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky.

David Woodle, the chief executive of the charity, told The Patriot-News that "no decision has been made" and refuted comments attributed to him by The New York Times that the foundation was seeking to transfer its programs to other nonprofit agencies.

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“We’re working hard to figure out how the programs can survive this event,” the Times quoted him as saying. “We aren’t protective of this organization that it survives at all costs.”

But later Friday, Woodle said three options were on the table: continue the charity, coordinate with another agency, or shutter it, The Patriot-News reported.

Sandusky was charged on Nov. 5 with multiple counts of child sexual abuse for acts committed on eight boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky founded the Second Mile in 1977 and investigators alleged that he met some of his victims through the charity, which helps at-risk youth.

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The scandal resulted in the ousting of school President Graham Spanier and longtime coach Joe Paterno, and has brought shame to one of college football's legendary programs.

Athletic Director Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave, and Vice President Gary Schultz, who was in charge of the university's police department, stepped down.

Schultz and Curley are charged with lying to the grand jury and failure to report to police, and Sandusky is charged with child sex abuse. All maintain their innocence.

Penn State also faces a series of investigations into the university's role in the sex abuse case, including one by the U.S. Department of Justice. An internal probe led by members of the college's board of trustees has also been convened.

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A resolution endorsed Friday by the faculty Senate called for an investigation to be led by a committee whose chair has no links to Penn State. The resolution says a majority of the group's members must never have been affiliated with the university.

Last week, the university formed an investigative committee led by two trustees: Merck pharmaceutical company CEO Kenneth Frazier and state education Secretary Ronald Tomalis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Video: More Sandusky victims may come forward

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Now to the latest on that awful child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University , and signs tonight that more victims may be willing to come forward. NBC 's Peter Alexander reports tonight from the Penn State campus.

    PETER ALEXANDER reporting: With the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal growing, several lawyers tell NBC News more potential victims of Jerry Sandusky are now coming forward and beginning to share their stories of abuse, some reportedly dating back to the 1970s .

    Mr. BEN ANDREOZZI (Attorney for Victims): There's comfort in numbers. And I think that they now understand that we're not alone.

    ALEXANDER: Ben Andreozzi represents at least two alleged victims, one of them not included in the grand jury report. Andreozzi says that man has been told by authorities he is victim number 11.

    Mr. ANDREOZZI: My client was sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky in the early '90s, and he was sexually assaulted on the grounds of Penn State University .

    ALEXANDER: Also today The New York Times reports officials at The Second Mile , Sandusky 's children's charity, discovered several years of documents missing. According to The Times , investigators are concerned those missing files may limit their ability to determine whether Sandusky used charity funds to recruit new victims or even buy their silence. Just weeks after then graduate assistant Mike McQueary witnessed Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulting a boy in the locker room shower in 2002 , McQueary joined Sandusky at an Easter Seals charity flag football game. Three months later McQueary showed up to support Sandusky 's annual charity golf tournament benefiting The Second Mile .

    Mr. JERRY SANDUSKY: Everything relative to The Second Mile has been past my wildest dreams.

    ALEXANDER: McQueary spoke briefly with NBC News today.

    Mr. MIKE McQUEARY: I'm not going to go into detail about anything. But, you know, I think it's -- I think it's obvious I tried to do the right thing .

    ALEXANDER: Penn State students and alumni say they are trying to do the right thing as well, launching a fundraising effort to support the victims of abuse, so far having raised more than $400,000. Also tonight, the top Democrat on the House Education Committee is calling for a hearing on the child sexual abuse scandal right here at Penn State . Brian :

    WILLIAMS: Peter Alexander in State College , Pennsylvania , for us tonight. Peter , thanks.

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