Tarnished Second Mile Charity Starts Layoffs

The Pennsylvania charity embroiled in the Penn State University child sex abuse scandal announced layoffs as a result of losing “significant financial support” in recent weeks. The layoffs come just about a month after the scandal first erupted, with release of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s grand jury presentment.

The announcement came the same day that The Second Mile’s founder, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, was arrested a second time. Two more witnesses have come forward as a result of the Sandusky’s initial arrest last month to detail alleged sexual abuse at the hands of the retired coach. Eight victims testified in the original grand jury report released last month and by some estimates there could be as many as 20 victims.

In a 158-word statement posted on its website, The Second Mile said “some” employees received notice yesterday that “their employment will end over the next several months in an orderly phase-out.”

“In the wake of the tragic events that have come to light over the last several weeks, The Second Mile has lost significant financial support."

The State College, Pa.-based charity did not specify how many employees would be laid off. A spokesman for the charity said they had “nothing to add at this time.” The most recent tax form, covering the fiscal year ending August 2010, indicates there are 93 employees in all (though it doesn’t make clear how many are full- or part-time), along with about $9 million in net assets.

The Second Mile said the reduction in staff is an effort to “put the organization in a better position to preserve programs.” Scheduled programs will continue as planned.

Sandusky started the charity in 1977 to serve foster children and the social service agency has expanded over the years to serve youth in a number of ways, aimed at building self-esteem and supporting parents.