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The Second Mile: Sandusky case brings 'shock, sadness and concern'

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The charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach now charged with sexually abusing at least eight boys, has issued its first statement since his arrest.

In a statement posted on The Second Mile's website, the charity said the "newly released details and the breadth of the allegations from the Attorney General's office bring shock, sadness and concern from The Second Mile organization. Our prayers, care and compassion go out to all impacted."

"The most recent reports we've read this past weekend state that Mr. Sandusky met the alleged victims through The Second Mile. To our knowledge, all the alleged incidents occurred outside of our programs and events. However, we are encouraging anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact investigators from the Office of Attorney General at 814-863-1053 or Pennsylvania State Police at 814-470-2238," the charity said.

According to the statement, Second Mile Jack Raykovitz told a grand jury investigating the allegations that Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley informed him in 2002 that someone was uncomfortable about seeing Sandusky in a locker room shower with a youth.

Curley told the charity the information had been internally reviewed and there was no finding of wrongdoing, according to the statement.

The Second Mile said at no time was it "made aware of the very serious allegations contained in the grand jury report."

The organization said that in November 2008, Sandusky informed them he was being investigated as the result of allegations made by an adolescent male in Clinton County.

"Although he maintained there was no truth to the claims, we are an organization committed first and foremost to the safety and well-being of the children we serve," the organization said. Consistent with that commitment and with The Second Mile policy, we immediately made the decision to separate him from all of our program activities involving children."

The charity said Sandusky has had no involvement with Second Mile programs involving children since 2008.

The Second Mile said it was first contacted by the attorney general's office in early 2011, and has done everything to cooperate with officials since then.

"Our highest priority always has been and will continue to be the safety and well-being of the children participating in our programs," the charity said. "We encourage program participants to report any allegations of abuse and/or inappropriate sexual activity wherever it has occurred, and we take any such reports directly to Child Protective Services. We have many policies and procedures designed to protect our participants, including employee and volunteer background checks, training and supervision of our activities."

"The Second Mile has helped thousands of Pennsylvania's children to lead better lives, and we remain committed to that mission. Our success is a result of the trust placed in us by the families and professionals with whom we partner, and we will take any steps needed to maintain their confidence in us," the statement concluded.

The Second Mile issued a statement Friday after charges against Sandusky were posted on a state court website, but had not commented since Sandusky's arrest Saturday morning.

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