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Nov142011

Penn State Scandal: Second Mile CEO Resigns

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Jack Raykovitz, the CEO of The Second Mile for the past 28 years, has resigned from the charity associated with the Penn State abuse scandal.

"Both Dr. Raykovitz and the Board believe this is in the best interests of the organization," a statement from the charity announced, saying he resigned on Sunday. Responsible for day-to-day operations will be David Woodle, current vice chairman of the board of directors.

Non-profit organizations are hardly immune to improprieties, but charities associated with scandal through its founder are in a deeper predicament, as is the case with The Second Mile, experts say.

The children's charity for troubled youth, founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator arrested for alleged sexual abuse against eight boys, is relatively small as charities go, says Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

"Although the allegations against Jerry Sandusky and the alleged incidents occurred outside Second Mile programs and events, this does not change the fact that the alleged sexual abuse involved Second Mile program children, nor does it lessen the terrible impact of sexual abuse on its victims," the charity stated on Monday.

Sandusky, who retired from The Second Mile in September 2010, was the charity's primary fundraiser, according to the grand jury's report, which causes a problem for The Second Mile as it not only deals with an investigation by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, but also the possible exodus of its donors.

With revenue of $2.9 million in 2010, according to its annual report, and a staff of about 20, The Second Mile had three offices in Pennsylvania.

Sandusky helped establish the charity in 1977 with proceeds from his book, Developing Linebackers the Penn State Way, according to Sports Illustrated. The organization began as a foster group home and expanded into programs for troubled youth.

The Second Mile didn't return a request for comment.

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