Jerry Sandusky Loses Battle For Pension
Jerry Sandusky lost a legal battle to restore his state pension, which was canceled two years ago following his sexual abuse conviction, despite the ruling of a hearing examiner in June.
In a decision by the State Employees’ Retirement System today, Sandusky’s $4,900-a-month pension will not be restored following his appeal. At question in the decision was the Pension Forfeiture Act, which was expanded in 2004 to include sexual offenses to the list of crimes that would trigger the forfeiture of a state employee’s pension. Sandusky’s attorney Chuck Benjamin argued that the former coach should not be held accountable for any actions because he had retired from Penn State in 1999, five years prior to the amendment.
In June, a hearing examiner recommended that Sandusky had already retired prior the act being amended, saying that the retirement system improperly applied the forfeiture law to crimes committed by Sandusky as a retiree.
The attorney for the State Employees’ Retirement System, Steven Bizar, argued in January that Sandusky’s employment with Penn State continued past 1999, citing a written agreement between Sandusky and the university that lasted for a period of five years, ending in 2004. The agreement called for a continued collaborative effort between the university and Sandusky related to outreach programs including The Second Mile. Bizar argued that the collaboration lasted until 2009, well past the amendment to the act.
According to the Associated Press, Sandusky’s attorney will litigate the revocation of the pension in court. Sandusky already collected a $148,000 lump sum payment at the time he retired and a total of $900,000 in payments since then.