State pension system claims Sandusky was employee

Written by The Associated Press | May 2, 2014 10:30 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Attorneys for Pennsylvania's State Employees Retirement System say former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky remained an "outreach" employee with the school, even after he retired from coaching in 1999.

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The state's pension attorneys made the claim in a court filing this week, arguing Sandusky should forfeit his $59,000 annual pension because he was a "de facto'' employee when he was arrested in 2011 for child molestation and subsequently convicted. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison.

Sandusky's attorneys contend he was no longer a state employee by the time he was arrested and convicted of the crimes that require a pension be forfeited. They say Sandusky received intermittent payments after retiring for travel, meals, speaking fees and other expenses, but wasn't on the payroll as an employee.

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