In an unanimous vote, a Pennsylvania court has decided to give convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky his pension back. The court ruled that Sandusky was not, in fact, a Penn State employee when he committed the crimes for which he is now imprisoned.
From CBS News:
A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously Friday that the State Employees’ Retirement Board wrongly concluded Sandusky was a Penn State employee when he committed the crimes that were the basis for the pension forfeiture.
The pension is worth about $4,900 a month to Sandusky and his wife, Dottie.
The judges also ordered the board to pay back interest. They reinstated the pension retroactively to when the board ended it in October 2012 on the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
‘The board conflated the requirements that Mr. Sandusky engage in ‘work relating to’ PSU and that he engage in that work ‘for’ PSU,” wrote Judge Dan Pellegrini. ”Mr. Sandusky’s performance of services that benefited PSU does not render him a PSU employee.”
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“There exists no statute which affirmatively requires the board to deny (Sandusky’s) withheld retirement allowances,” Pellegrini wrote. “Indeed, the Retirement Code affirmatively required the board to grant the pension benefits.”
In June of 2012, the former Penn State assistant coach was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts against him. These included eight counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, seven counts of indecent assault, one count of criminal intent to commit indecent assault, nine counts of unlawful contact with minors, 10 counts of corruption of minors and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of children.
Facing up to 442 years in prison, Sandusky was given 60 years, with parole eligibility in 30. He will be 98 when that happens.