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Sandusky's charity considers options amid sex scandal

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, Jerry Sandusky.
Image: The Second Mile headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania
The Second Mile headquarters in State College, Pa. Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky founded the Second Mile charity for disadvantaged youth in 1977.Pat Little / Reuters
/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

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.

“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.

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.