Sandusky Could Collect Pension in Prison

Disgraced former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky could continue receiving a $59,000 per year pension in prison, despite being convicted of sexually assaulting ten children.

Pennsylvania pension-forfeiture laws target officials convicted of public corruption. Sandusky’s offenses, while grievous, are not included in the current statute.

A bill that would include crimes like Sandusky’s is currently stalled in the Pennsylvania State Senate. It would need to be passed and signed quickly, before the current session ends, in order to apply to Sandusky.

The bill was introduced in October of 2011, before Sandusky was indicted. Cameron Kline, a spokesperson for Penn. State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, said that it would be a “tall order” to pass the bill before the session ends.

“It’s something we think would be very appropriate for a case such as this,” Kline told ABC News. “Now that it’s over, we’re a little concerned, confused and angry it’s still stuck there. Apparently it’s not a priority so the legislation still stays in committee.”

Pennsylvania law currently withholds pension payments for officials convicted of crimes like extortion, bribery and perjury, but the statute does not apply to officials convicted of sexual misconduct.

Nicholas Maiale, chair of the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System board, told the Harrisburg Patriot-News that the board would explore options to keep from paying Sandusky.

“I am a Penn Stater and I am a citizen of Pennsylvania, and we are all morally outraged about this case and what happened to those kids,” he said. He conceded that it was unlikely that SERS could withhold the pension, however.

“The idea that Sandusky could be sitting behind bars for the rest of his life but still collect a taxpayer-funded pension is, to me, stomach-churning,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Philadelphia, to the Patriot-News.

While it will be difficult to get a bill through before the end of session, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, who chairs the House State Government Committee, told the Patriot-News that he would hold hearings on the issue over the summer, and would look at ways a bill could be set up to apply retroactively to Sandusky.

While Sandusky may receive a pension, two people related to the case might not. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley have both been charged with perjury related to the case. If convicted, both would lose their pensions under current law.

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Susan O.
Susan O5 years ago

WHAT ?????? This is INSANE !!!! The pension money should be divided among the brave young men who came forward and testified at his trial.

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

And the pension he gets can go straight to the victims for their therapy.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m5 years ago

I'm with Lee on everything..and one of my first thoughts was that there was no way his wife didn't have the slightest idea, and i feel she is as complicit as everyone else involved.
I wonder how many schools are now re-evaluating their "morals clauses" and insurance coverage rather than making sure of what/who they're getting and keeping a tight rein on them in the first place?

While they may be adults now, these men were robbed of their childhoods and a big part of themselves, no matter how much therapy it took to try to "overcome".
I hope they can live well with as much money the University and a civil lawsuit against Sandusky and his ENTIRE estate can will still never be enough.

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Marc P5 years ago

Sandusky earned that pension and deserves to receive it in prison. Having said that I believe that pension should now be open to litigation by the victims who should be able to sue him for compensation for the damage he caused. It is far better that he be allowed to receive his pension - And then have to use it to recompense those he injured.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

I feel he doesn't deserve his pension, he risked the safety of the students - he is now a convicted felon - take away that pension. He should have thought about his family's care before he assaulted those students. No rewards - Go directly to jail, do not go past GO, do not collect any pension.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

He is sick and deserves no pension now that he has been convicted!

Lin Moy
Lin M5 years ago

He deserves nothing.

Christine C.
Chandra C5 years ago


Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

." For the blogger whose sympathy went out to Mrs. Sandusky; I am shocked."

Me too. She is exactly like the millions of Catholic women who offered up their children to
Catholic priest pedophiles for 2,000 years and SAID NOTHING. THEY were complicit in the
coverup. Why did they do that? Is it the entire Nazi culture of Catholics? Male dominated heirarchy controlling their sheeple with THREATS? The Catholic Church is based in ROME, home of the MAFIA. The MAFIA is nothing but THREATS. If you don't do what they say, they torture and KILL YOU. Isn't it obvious from history that the Catholic Church is a front for the mob, a good ol BOYS club, a greedy fascist regime from DAY ONE? The Catholic Church has a history of GENOCIDE, MURDER and WORLD DOMINATION. These people are NAZIS and their women BACK THEM UP.

DORIS L5 years ago

NO please say it aint' so.