Arbitrator says that Jerry Sandusky should receive pension

In a report by the Associated Press, a Pennsylvania arbitrator has ruled that Jerry Sandusky’s $4,900-a-month Penn State pension be reinstated, including back payments from October 2012 (total of $122,500), when his child molestation conviction prompted the state retirement system to end his benefits.

Hearing examiner Michael Bangs shared,

that it was clear the former assistant football coach was no longer a Penn State employee after his 1999 retirement. That was critical to the pension dispute because the state Pension Forfeiture Act was expanded five years later, in 2004, to add sexual offenses to the list of crimes that trigger forfeiture.

 

Bangs wrote,

“The Pennsylvania forfeiture law is simply not applicable to SERS’ members who commit crimes after they have begun receiving their pensions, which is really what SERS is attempting to do in this case.  The courts simply cannot extend the current law beyond any rational interpretation of its current form.”

Jerry Sandusky, now 70 years old is serving a 30-60 year prison sentence after being convicted two years ago of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Is this right?  Can Sandusky claim this money due to his employment at Penn State?  Can the State fight that he used his employment as a cover for his actions?  Wait to hear more of a ruling this Fall.