Harrisburg, Pennsylvania— Jerry Sandusky will reportedly still receive a state pension payment of more than $4,905 per month despite being found guilty last week on 45 molestation charges, according to Pennsylvania law.
Sandusky will get a $59K pension, every year he is locked up. As outrageous as this sounds, it is perfectly legal. The $59,000 payout is reportedly part of his annual state pension for his 30-plus years of service to Penn State.
Sandusky started collecting pension three months before he retired from his assistant coaching position on December 28, 1999, and has received a monthly rate of $4,905 ever since.
Wondering why the state doesn’t suspend his pension now that he is a convicted felon? Believe it or not, they can’t. Pensions can be discontinued only if his crime was under Act 140, which are violent offenses. Unfortunately, raping children for 15-plus years does not fall under the “violent” category.
They are reportedly six Bills currently aimed at fixing Act 140 and HB 1567 and would include corruption of minors. However, an attorney familiar with Act 140, Jim Kutz told ABC News even if this bill passes, it would not strip Sandusky of his pension, for applying laws retroactive is virtually impossible.
The 68-year-old Sandusky is facing up to 442 years for his convictions. He was found guilty on June 22 for molestation charges; 10 boys over a period of 15 years. His son, 33-year-old Matt Sandusky, has since come forward and alleged he too was molested by his adoptive father. All 10 boys attended his charity Second Mile, which he opened in 1977 to help at risk youth in Pennsylvania.