By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — The state has made a move to revoke Jerry Sandusky’s state pension, but it may mark only the beginning of a legal tussle over the letter of the law.
The State Employee Retirement System sent a letter to Sandusky notifying him that his pension was revoked in accordance with Act 140, which governs public pension forfeitures, as first reported by The Associated Press.
Sandusky’s lawyers told The Associated Press that SERS does not have legal ground to take the pension, as the victims in the case were not students at Penn State University, where Sandusky was employed.
Should Sandusky’s legal counsel appeal, the SERS Board will hear the case first. From there, it goes to the state court system.
Those who forfeit their pension under state law are reimbursed their own contributions.
Act 140 forfeitures apply upon conviction for certain crimes. Existing case law says that “conviction” occurs at sentencing. Sandusky was sentenced on Tuesday.
PA Independent has filed a Right-to-Know request with the state to file an open records request in order to obtain the letter sent to Sandusky.
Bureau Chief Eric Boehm contributed to this report.