Jerry Sandusky will no longer be able to collect his $58,898 in annual pension payments from the state of Pennsylvania.
The former Penn State University assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of 30 years in prison for his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse. The first chance he will get at parole will be when he is 98 years old.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Employee’s Retirement System (SERS) notified the convicted child molester that he forfeited his pension effective October 9, the date of his sentencing.
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A SERS spokeswoman would not comment on whether Sandusky’s wife Dottie is still entitled to a portion of his pension benefits.
As a retired Pennsylvania state employee, Sandusky loses his pension because he was convicted of an Act 140 crime. That occurs ‘through the member's public office or position or when public employment puts the member in a position to commit the crime," according to a SERS spokeswoman, who explained the ruling in an email to In Session’s Jean Casarez.
Pennsylvania law says that forfeiture of a pension under Act 140 occurs on the date of the criminal’s sentencing. Sandusky can appeal the loss of his pension, but he will have to file his response within 30 days of his sentencing date.