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October 02, 2015

Penn State Draws Fire for Honoring Donor to Sandusky Charity

Pennsylvania State University received more than 100 complaints in 24 hours after announcing that a former board member at ex-football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky's youth charity would be honored before a football game Saturday, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bruce Heim served as the Second Mile's vice chairman and was its biggest donor, giving more than $1 million to the nonprofit before it collapsed in the wake of Mr. Sandusky's 2011 arrest and 2012 conviction for sexually abusing boys. The university selected Mr. Heim, a Vietnam veteran, to join a group of alumni for an honorary coin toss marking Military Appreciation Day before Penn State's game against Army.

Mr. Heim said he had no prior knowledge of Mr. Sandusky's crimes and was investigated thoroughly during the investigation of the former coach. He said planned to take part in the pregame ceremony. "By not going out, I would be admitting that the Second Mile did something wrong, and the Second Mile didn’t do anything wrong," Mr. Heim said.