Will Yoder
Tuesday November 15th, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum sponsored former Penn State defensive coordinator and alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption” award in 2002 for his work with The Second Mile charity, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, has built his candidacy for president on his appeal for the importance of family values.

Sandusky has been charged by a state grand jury with counts of deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, and indecent assault. As a result of Sandusky’s charges, and the school's failure to report alleged incidents to the police, legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has been fired by the university, along with president Graham Spanier.

The Second Mile has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as well, as a grand jury report indicates that the charity was used by Sandusky as a source to find his victims. Yesterday, the charity announced it had accepted the resignation of CEO Jack Raykovitz. He had served as the CEO for 28 years. “Heads have rolled, but we're not done yet, and we shouldn't be done yet," Santorum said on CNN.

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