Pennsylvania State University has filed a court claim for funds from insurance companies for the Second Mile, the youth charity founded by convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, to help pay settlements to the former football coach’s victims, WJAC-TV of Harrisburg, Pa., reports.
The university contends the Second Mile was negligent in failing to prevent the abuse and should bear some of the nearly $92 million in damages due to 32 victims. Penn State regularly hosted Second Mile events during Mr. Sandusky’s long tenure as an assistant to the late football coach Joe Paterno. A judge has already rejected a university claim that its own insurer should cover most of the settlement costs.
Mr. Sandusky, who is serving a 30- to 60-year jail term, founded the charity to serve at-risk youth in central Pennsylvania. The Second Mile effectively ceased operations in the wake of the abuse scandal and was formally dissolved last March. Its approximately $800,000 in assets were placed in an escrow account controlled by the state attorney general’s office.