Update: Sandusky's attorney says state can't take pension

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 11, 2012 7:37 AM

(Undated) -- Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Karl Rominger, says the state's public employee retirement system has no legal grounds for revoking Sandusky's pension and says Sandusky will fight the decision.

The former Penn State assistant coach was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys. The State Employees' Retirement System notified Sanduskyby letter that his crimes triggered forfeiture of his $59,000 pension and informed his wife she is no longer entitled to a survivor's benefit.

Pennsylvania's pension forfeiture law, originally passed in 1978, primarily applies to public employees convicted of a financial crime related to the office "or when his public employment places him in a position to commit the crime."

Since 2004, it has also applied to any public school employee convicted of a sex crime against a student.

In its letter to Sandusky, the retirement system said it had determined that two of the criminal charges of which Sandusky was convicted — involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault — fell under the forfeiture law.

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