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March 11, 2016

Judge OKs Shutdown of Disgraced Penn State Coach's Charity

A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday approved the dissolution of the the Second Mile, the youth charity long led by ex-Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, Reuters and the Centre Daily Times report. The ruling turns over about $750,000 in Second Mile assets to the state attorney general's office, which will distribute the money for other charitable uses if no claims are made against the fund within 120 days.

The nonprofit, founded by Mr. Sandusky in 1977 to serve disadvantaged youths in the region, petitioned the court in January for permission to formally dissolve. It has been in the process of divesting programs and assets since Mr. Sandusky was publicly accused of serial sexual abuse of boys, some of whom he met through Second Mile programs. The longtime coach was found guilty in 2012 and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Financial support for the charity withered in the wake of the scandal.