Pennsylvania’s public employee pension system said Wednesday it will revoke Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension in the wake of his conviction and sentence in the child sexual abuse scandal, reports the Daily News. The State Employees’ Retirement System notified Sandusky by letter that his crimes triggered forfeiture of his pension. The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys. T
The retirement system told Sandusky he will no longer receive his $4,908 monthly annuity and informed his wife, Dottie, she is no longer entitled to a survivor’s benefit. Sandusky’s lawyer, Karl Rominger, contended the agency has no legal grounds for revoking the pension and said Sandusky will fight any attempt to do so.
Pennsylvania’s pension forfeiture law, originally passed in 1978, primarily applies to public employees convicted of a financial crime related to the office “or when his public employment places him in a position to commit the crime.” Since 2004, it has also applied to any public school employee convicted of a sex crime against a student.