Sandusky charity putting property up for sale
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A charity founded by a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with molesting boys said Friday it was putting up for sale a 60-acre property where it had been building an educational center.
The Second Mile told The Associated Press before a planned announcement that funding had stopped for its Center for Excellence after founder Jerry Sandusky was arrested in November and was charged with sexually abusing several boys, some of them on Penn State's campus. Construction at the Central Pennsylvania site began last year, but the project was canceled two months ago.
The nonprofit said it was evaluating its options for the future and was trying to preserve programs, calling the Bellefonte property sale a key step in reaching that objective.
"While we are saddened that the Center for Excellence will not be built, those feelings pale in comparison with the anguish we feel for the victims of the abuse reported by the attorney general," it said in a written statement, which didn't reveal the property's price tag.
The charity said programs scheduled for the coming months, including a leadership institute in early April, will continue.
Mr. Sandusky, 67, founded The Second Mile in 1977 to help at-risk youths. Investigators allege that he met most of his victims, if not all, through the State College-based charity.
First Published January 13, 2012 12:00 am