State Paying Sandusky's $5K-a-Month Pension

He gets almost $5k per month, partially taxpayer-funded
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2012 10:10 AM CDT
State Paying Sandusky's $5K-a-Month Pension
Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the fourth day of his child sex abuse trial on June 14, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky may wind up spending the rest of his life in prison, but apparently that's no reason to deny him his hard-earned pension. Sandusky will continue receiving his $4,908-a-month state pension, which is partially funded by taxpayers, ABC 27 reports. In order to strip Sandusky of his pension, he would have to be convicted of an Act 140 crime according to Pennsylvania law, the network explains—but rape and other violent crimes aren't covered under Act 140.

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"Regrettably, the crimes of which Mr. Sandusky was found guilty by this jury probably don't comport with the parameters of this statue," one lawyer confirmed. And while the state assembly is working to change the law, "it is an uphill battle to apply conduct retroactively." Nor can Penn State terminate the pension; its contract with Sandusky is still binding. (Read more Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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