2013-03-14 / Local & State

Sandusky’s Charity Seeks Permission To Sell Pa. HQ

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A children’s charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants to sell its headquarters.

Sandusky started The Second Mile in 1977 to help at-risk children, but the charity has been a casualty of the criminal case against him.

Judge William Morgan on Friday scheduled a March 28 hearing on a request by The Second Mile’s board of directors to sell the two- story building on a main thoroughfare in State College for $650,000.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted last summer of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus. He’s serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence but maintains he's innocent and is pursuing appeals.

Prosecutors said Sandusky met most of his victims, if not all of them, through The Second Mile.

Lawyers for The Second Mile, in their court filing, said the building sale proceeds would pay for victims' claims, programs, insurance and legal fees. They said the charity can operate from rental facilities in Bellefonte, several miles away.

Sandusky’s accusers are pursuing claims against him and The Second Mile, leaving the fate of the charity's assets in legal limbo.

The Second Mile’s attorneys said the prospective purchaser, A.G.L. 2 Limited Partnership, has insisted on getting a court order before closing on the property, scheduled for April 25.

The building is about 8,000 square feet of leasable space on a quarter acre lot near the heart of campus.

The filing said The Second Mile was given the property as a gift, for $1, in 1999 by its previous owner. An appraisal in late 2011 put the value at about $560,000.

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