News

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky wants his pension

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky wants his pension

WANTS HIS MONEY: Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, shown here in January 2013, wants his pension, despite being convicted of dozens of counts of sexually abusing children. Photo: Associated Press

By Daniel Kelley

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky testified by remote video at a hearing on Tuesday on whether his pension should be restored despite his 45 child sex abuse convictions.

A state pension agency revoked his $4,900-a-month pension after Sandusky, 69, was sentenced in October 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison. The decision also ended benefits for his wife, Dottie.

The former assistant football coach at the heart of a scandal that cost his boss, legendary coach Joe Paterno, his job, was not a state employee. However, he had chosen to participate in the state pension plan at Penn State, which is a “state-related” university that obtains less than 10 percent of its budget from the state.

At the center of the dispute is whether Sandusky, after he began collecting payments following his 1999 retirement, was a “de facto” Penn State employee and should therefore be blocked by the Pennsylvania Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act because of his convictions for sexually abusing young boys.

During the hearing on Tuesday at the headquarters of the State Employees’ Retirement System in Harrisburg, Sandusky was called to testify via a video link from a prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. He was the first witness to testify in the proceeding.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Matthew Lewis)

Recent Headlines

1 hour ago in Entertainment

The TMNT are ‘Out of the Shadows’ in new film

Fresh
12-overlay-15

Turtle power is back as the fearsome foursome fights to save the city from a dangerous threat.

1 hour ago in Music

Axl Rose wants to continue as AC/DC frontman after tour

Fresh
axl47276623086

Axl, 54, was drafted in earlier this year as a replacement for the band's usual lead singer Brian Johnson.

3 hours ago in Entertainment

Would you eat crickets for lunch?

eiblebugsREUTERS

A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries.

5 hours ago in Entertainment

Running Man dance craze sweeps police departments across U.S.

21-overlay-13

Police officers across the U.S. are dancing an updated version of the running man to a catchy 1990s hip hop song in videos that are gaining wide online popularity.

5 hours ago in Entertainment

National Spelling Bee ends in its unlikeliest tie to date

16-overlay-11

Nihar Janga looked like the strongest speller at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and perhaps the best ever. And he's only 11 years old.