SPRING, Texas - The CEO of a Spring non-profit wants to help Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile charity.
In handcuffs and likely spending the rest of his life behind bars, Sandusky had nothing to say about the verdict of guilty on 45 counts involving the sexual abuse of young boys which came down late Friday.
But more than 1,000 miles away in Spring, Mark Tennant has a lot to say. He has big plans for the non-profit founded by Sandusky.
Tennant endured the pain of sex abuse as a child, and now runs Arrow Child & Family Ministries, dedicated to helping neglected and abused children.
Tennant grew up near Penn State, and said he followed the Sandusky trial closely.
"My heart drew me back to central Pennsylvania when news broke and the only way I felt like I could adequately respond was to just make a call and reach out and say you know this was my home," said Tennant.
Sandusky's 35-year old non-profit, The Second Mile, provides programs for at risk youth, but when allegations against Sandusky came to light, financial support for The Second Mile dropped.
Now, Tennant wants to transfer The Second Mile programs to his own ministry. He's waiting for court approval, but says he hopes good can still come from the programs with Sandusky in prison.
"Perhaps the greatest legacy will be that these programs can extend far beyond what might have been envisioned by what is now a child molester, to be under the watchful eye of a man that has experienced abuse himself," Tennant said.
Tennant said after the Sandusky scandal broke, participation in The Second Mile programs dropped 20 percent.
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