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11/17/2011 11:14 am ET | Updated Jan 17, 2012

Second Mile Donors: Charity Asked For Funds, Kept Scandal Secret

Even once the Second Mile charity learned that its founder was being investigated for molesting the children it served, the organization didn't tell its donors and kept soliciting, FoxNews.com reports.

"We feel let down," Tracy Bell, a store coordinator at Family Clothesline, told the news outlet. "Maybe they felt he's innocent until proven guilty. But it's their duty to inform their donors he was being investigated."


Family Clothesline contributed more than $50,000 to Sandusky's charity in 2010, FoxNews.com reports.

Second Mile did not respond in time to Fox's request for comment.

Second Mile founder, Jerry Sandusky, is being charged with 40 counts of sex abuse involving minors that he allegedly found through the organization that aims to help underserved youth.

Now fighting for its life, the nonprofit has reached out to its donors and school partners to ask if they'll continue to support the organization, The Altoona Mirror reports.

Interim CEO David Woodle said that Second Mile hopes to have a better idea as to how the organization will proceed by next month after it gets the "situation put on paper," according to the news outlet.

Woodie also noted that even if the nonprofit doesn't survive, he hopes it will be able to offer its services and programs in some way.