In one of the cruelest and oddest twists yet in the entire Jerry Sandusky saga, this one has to go right at the top of the list.
Sandusky will continue to receive his $59,000 per year pension from the State of Pennsylvania while serving whatever prison term he is sentenced to in the next 90 days.
The reason his money will continue to roll in?
Sandusky’s crimes, as well as other crimes against children, do not fall under Pennsylvania’s Act 140, which was passed in 1978 to enable prosecutors to request the forfeiture of a criminal’s pension.
Act 140 was passed and directed in essence towards embezzlement, tampering with witnesses, forging documents and similar crimes, according to attorney and legal analyst Anne Bremner.
Bremner stated the following regarding Act 140 as it applies to cases such as Sandusky’s:
“[Act 140] was passed in reference to the type [of crimes] traditionally characterized under the umbrella of abuse of public office or public misconduct. Obviously, it was the intent of the legislature to disallow benefits to those who [abused their positions], but isn’t it a far worse abuse of office to use your position [to be] a virtual pied piper of children — [a] ‘tickle monster’ who groomed, fed, gifted and molested the children?”
Even if an amendment were passed immediately, it would not be able to affect Sandusky’s case and he would still continue to receive his pension.
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted on 45 of 48 criminal counts involving sexual misconduct and assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period. The original allegations led to the Penn State University president, and the longtime football coach Joe Paterno, losing their jobs.