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Head of Second Mile organization steps down

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Another person connected to former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has stepped down from their position in the wake of child-sex charges against Sandusky.

Jack Raykovitz, a practicing psychologist and Executive Director of Sandusky’s charity, Second Mile, has resigned according to the organization’s website.

“Both Dr. Raykovitz and the Board believe this is in the best interests of the organization,” the statement said. “David Woodle, the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, will now be responsible.

“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.”

Raykovitz’s decision came as the organization begins its internal investigation to assess policies and make recommendations regarding future operations. Second Mile is also consulting with their legal counsel. The charity’s board said the internal review should conclude by the end of next month.

Raykovitz, who testified before the grand jury who indicted Sandusky, noted in a statement “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.”

That grand jury indictment says Penn State athletic director Tim Curley told Raykovitz of the “conduct reported to him” about the 2002 incident involving “Victim 2″ and that he informed Raykovitz that Sandusky was prohibited from bringing children on to the PSU campus; Raykovitz said in a statement last week that he was notified only that a Penn State employee was “uncomfortable” seeing Sandusky in the shower with a young boy. However, it was only in 2008 when Sandusky informed TSM board of an investigation against him that the organization barred him from activities involving children, according to charity officials.

Tax records also show that Sandusky received annual payments of $57,000 in “consulting fees” from 2001-08 from TSM.

TSM has come under scrutiny from Pennsylvania Gov. and former Attorney General Tom Corbett, who says authorities should investigate Second Mile’s response to the allegations against Sandusky.

Sandusky founded the charity in 1977 to help underprivileged children in Pennsylvania.

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18 Responses to “Head of Second Mile organization steps down”
  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    It appears that the horrible crimes of Sandusky will continue to cost many their jobs, careers, reputations, and livelihoods. When the rape(s) and molestation(s) of children is ignored, not followed up, allowed to be swept under the carpet, then forgotten…meanwhile the children who are abused continue to live in pain and with the horror, depression, anger, many other behavior and mental problems and at much greater risk (15 times normal) of suicide, the one responsible for the brutal assaults as well as those who enabled him, must be held accountable.

    In all these matters, please remember the victims.

  2. lgmccoll says: Nov 14, 2011 2:02 PM

    I wonder how many other pedophiles are in this organization and in the coaching staff at Penn State.

  3. southernpatriots says: Nov 14, 2011 2:05 PM

    lgmccoll: We hope that is not true, but God help us, if there are, they must be found before they harm any more children!

  4. bozosforall says: Nov 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    NOW let’s see all 32 of the Board of Trustees follow his lead and resign as well. After all, this all happened on their watch and given the fact that many many people in and around Penn State knew about the rampant rumors that floated around regarding Sandusky, none of them can credibly claim that they weren’t aware of what Sandusky was capable of.

  5. deadeye says: Nov 14, 2011 2:25 PM

    The very worst rumor floating around is that Sandusky used the SMF for child prostitution. Goodness, I hope that is not true. If so the number of victims could increase from dozens into the hundreds.

    However, considering the fact that the PSU employees covered up for Sandusky, it is entirely reasonable to suspect that people in the SMF were also covering for Sandusky. Hopefully the authorities are investigating the SMF situation as aggressively as the PSU situation.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:33 PM

    It appears the allegations occurred outside of the second mile?????? How do they know? Were any of the boys in the grand jury report not IN the second mile? Sandusky founded the second mile program. I wonder why? Did he just establish his own pipeline for future victims? The current head stepping down now is a little suspicious.

  7. firedude7160 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Can someone please provide a link to a story, or blog, or something that discusses this rumor that Sandusky pimped out kids to PSU Boosters? I keep seeing people (mostly the same people) posting this on here, but this is the only place I have seen it.

  8. noaxetogrind says: Nov 14, 2011 2:47 PM

    The horror of this situation speaks for itself. Unfortunately so does the opportunistic comments of many of the people on this forum. I am not a PSU supporter. I have never posted nor responded to a post concerning PSU. That being said, some of the comments on here if they weren’t so flammable would down right be sophomoric. lgmccoll, any reasonable reason for your ridiculous queery? Too many folks on here have impuned the integrity of a whole class of people simply by virtue of where they go to school, who they work for, or what organization they may belong to. To intimate that other coaches at PSU could be pedophiles merely by their employment on the same staff speaks volumes concerning your small mindedness. Our only hope is that you and others of your ilk don’t get selected for jury duty ever and even more importantly won’t be procreating anytime soon. The PSU saga is sad on so many fronts. How shameful that events like this often bring the roaches out from the dark.

  9. momobserver says: Nov 14, 2011 2:49 PM

    There are comments all over the sports e-articles that are positively incredible. Based on what I’ve read (on-line and in print), Joe P as the head coach is ultimately responsible for what happens in the area of his “watch” and should be held accountable. The judge who went through the arraignment with Sandusky should have recused him/herself as objectivity was not prevelant (a volunteer as Second Mile) – relatively low bail and no monitoring; pensions are not based on criminality or not of the person, unless the language was written into the agreement. Seeming total loss of sight of the boys/young men who had to deal with the inital acts and then try to come to grips with it in the years that followed. As a mom and a human being, I would not have walked away from Sandusky and the 10 year old in mid-act ~ someone may have had to pull me off of the guy as I was beating the crap out of him and pulling the young child away. Good Lord – it seems having to state the obvious is pretty pathetic but other contributors on other sites just don’t seem to get it.

  10. gb4mn0 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:03 PM

    If Sandusky was using SMF as a front for prostitution then others at SMF had to be aware. It will be interesting to see if any of the list of donors to SMF are prominent activist in NAMBLA and other Homosexual rights organizations that have been active in getting states to repeal laws governing age of sexual consent. As unseemly and repulsive as this may seem, it is how ever a fact that these organizations do exist. Reserch Professor Richard Mohr, Univ. of IL.

  11. vanmorrissey says: Nov 14, 2011 3:06 PM

    Before you say anything like that lgmccoll, sports and in this case a football coach is the profession of this sick person. That does not mean it permeates throughout, just as if it were a doctor, lawyer, accountant, trench digger, no matter who or what profession does not mean that all associates or other persons in that profession are also deviants. To associate one with the other is ignorant so don’t go making statements about the rest of the staff without further proof.

  12. frankiebooboo says: Nov 14, 2011 3:15 PM

    one question and one point.
    question #1- wher is this little boy? victim number2. is he alive. has he been id’d. i know he cant be emotionally ok. but is he alright?
    point #1- i bet anything that mcqueery would have pulled sandusky off if it was a little dog he was raping. some people value a dogs life more than a childs.

  13. Deb says: Nov 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    @noaxetogrind …

    I agree with you about the speculation regarding the Penn State coaching staff. However, it wouldn’t be far-fetched for Sandusky to have hired someone else with his proclivities to work with him at Second Mile. I’ve known of other cases where that happened. At the very least, the extreme negligence exhibited by the so-called professionals at this place should warrant a thorough house-cleaning and interviewing of every child that passed through the doors since Sandusky founded the charity.

    Raykovitz says he was only told in 2002 that a Penn State employee was “uncomfortable” after finding Sandusky in the shower with a young boy. He was a psychologist who ran a children’s charity. That didn’t make him uncomfortable? He shouldn’t just lose his job, he should lose his license. And more people than Sandusky should wind up in jail.

  14. 187onsandusky says: Nov 14, 2011 4:27 PM

    Firedude

    It is my understanding the rumor refers to Sandusky pimping out to donors for the Second Mile, not Penn state.

    In any case google Mark Madden and you should find it.

  15. melikefootball says: Nov 14, 2011 5:08 PM

    To bad that the picture shown here of Second Mile along with the man that did this horable act hasn’t been used by the media. No all the public has seen over and over has been PennState University and Paterno. There has been so many ahead of 2008 where the judicial system dropped the ball including police, states Attorney office and even investagators yet they have not been punished or even a mention as Penn State and Paterno.

  16. deadeye says: Nov 14, 2011 5:09 PM

    For those interested in Mark Madden’s claims:

    http://audio.weei.com/a/48513214/mark-madden-talks-about-the-penn-state-scandal-and-drops-a-new-bomb-about-jerry-sandusky.htm

    I wouldn’t have put any stock into this guy if it weren’t for the fact that he’s been writing about this grand jury investigation since some time in the spring, I think April.

  17. haroldoftherocks says: Nov 14, 2011 5:11 PM

    “Raykovitz’s decision came as the organization begins its internal investigation to assess policies and make recommendations regarding future operations.”

    C’mon now… there won’t be any ‘future operations’. Your charity, like the Paterno era, is history. The only future operation in Second Mile’s future is picking out what moving company to use to move out of their South Atherton Street office.

    Watch as those involved with Second Mile figure out ways to steal the money before it completely collapses.

  18. iownyou2 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:38 PM

    Where is the which hunt for this guys head?? I mean he investigated Sandusky and found nothing. Shouldn’t he have been forced out immediately?? Oh nevermind, his name isn’t Paterno so nobody really cares.

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