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December 20, 2011

Ex-Second Mile Directors Say They Were Not Told of 2002 Abuse Claim

Five former board members at Jerry Sandusky's youth charity say the organization's chief executive kept them in the dark about the 2002 incident that has become a focus of the molestation case against the ex-Penn State football coach, writes the Associated Press.

The former directors said then-CEO Jack Raykovitz did not tell them about the allegation of inappropriate contact between Mr. Sandusky and a 10-year-old boy in a shower at a Penn State athletic facility, which led to the ex-coach being banned from bringing minors on to the campus.

Mr. Sandusky has been charged with abusing 10 boys he met through the Second Mile, which he founded in 1977 to provide programs for at-risk youths.

Bradley P. Lunsford, a judge who served on the charity's board from 2001 to 2005, said several members have long involvement with children's orgranizations and "there’s a very good chance that if given accurate information … there’s a lot of people around that table who could have done something about" the alleged abuse.

In an interview, Mr. Raykovitz, who resigned last month after Mr. Sandusky's arrest, said he acted appropriately during his tenure with regard to abuse claims. "There have always been steps in place to protect kids," he said.