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

in Entertainment

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

hollywood

Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage to a symbol of celebrity.

in National

Juror questioning to resume in Boston Marathon bombing trial

bostonbombing

Many prospective jurors said they could not be impartial because they already believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty.

in National

U.S. pediatricians oppose legal pot

marijuana

Despite some states allowing recreational and medical use of marijuana, pediatricians say the substance should remain – for the most part – illegal.

in Sports

Monday’s Sports Minute

coachK

A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Jan. 26.

in Entertainment, Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: Leaked Super Bowl commercials

25-overlay7

A 30-second commercial on Super Sunday will cost $4.5 million, but will it be money well spent?