Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky gets his Penn State pension back, a court says. The Associated Press reported on Nov. 13, that the state must restore pension funds to former PSU assistant football coach. Sandusky’s pension was removed three years ago when he was sentenced as a child molester. A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously in favor of Sandusky. The court said the State Employees’ Retirement Board erred by stating that Jerry Sandusky was a Penn State employee at the time he sexually abused 10 children. Sandusky ceased to be a PSU employee in 1999. The sex abuse convictions stem from when he operated a non-profit The Second Mile at PSU.
The child molester Jerry Sandusky collected a $148,000 lump sum payment upon retirement in 1999. Sandusky began receiving payments of $4,900 a month. The pensions board halted payments in October 2012 when Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 children. A condition of the Pension Forfeiture Act terminates pensions for ”crimes related to public office or public employment. Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 10 counts of indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
What the court haggled over were Sandusky’s terms of employment with Penn State. In operating The Second Mile, Sandusky engaged in “work relating to Penn State” that benefited Penn State. But Jerry Sandusky did not work for Penn State, the court said. However Sandusky did use PSU facilities to operate The Second Mile. It was through The Second Mile, that the child molester accessed the young men. Sandusky abused young men in his office and in the locker rooms and showers at Penn State. So it’s curious that if Sandusky wasn’t a Penn State employee, why did he have an office at PSU? And why was he allowed use Penn State facilities to operate The Second Mile?
Another interesting point is that 30 men accused Sandusky of being a child molester. Charges dated to the time when he was a Penn State employee and PSU settled with them. It was thought that the statute of limitations had run out and it was too late to actually press charges. One young man recently charged Sandusky with sex abuse from the 1990s when he was a teen and Sandusky was assistant coach. A court ruled that Sandusky must face those new sex abuse charges because the statue of limitations is longer for crimes involving state employees. As football coach at a state university, he was a state employee.