The president of the children’s charity, founded by the former Penn State coach who allegedly sexually abused children, has stepped down, CNN reported.
Jack Raykovitz, CEO for the last 28 years, resigned from the Second Mile on Sunday as allegations that Jerry Sandusky abused young boys connected to the charity were revealed by charges brought to a Pennsylvania grand jury.
“I hope that my resignation brings with it the beginning of that restoration of faith in the community of volunteers and staff that, along with the children and families we serve, are The Second Mile,” said Raykovitz in a statement on the Second Mile’s homepage.
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Raykovitz’s resignation came as the Second Mile’s board said it hired an outside law firm, which will respond to report that Sandusky met his victims through the charity, USA Today reported.
“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,” said a statement on the Second Mile’s homepage.
Raykovitz is just the latest official to leave his job after allegations of sexual abuse against Sandusky were announced a week ago. Last Wednesday Penn State head coach Joe Paterno stepped down and so has college president Graham Spanier.
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According to charges, Sandusky used his position in the Second Mile to lure and assault boys as young as 10-years-old, the Chicago Tribune reported. He has been charged with 40 counts, which allege he molested eight boys over the past 15 years, bribing them with football tickets and free trips while forcing himself upon them at his home or in Penn State football facilities, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Last Thursday Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett called for an investigation into the Second Mile, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"The relationships between an outside charity and the university have to be looked at.…" Corbett said, WSJ reported. "I need to know what [the charity's] board members knew."
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