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Sandusky to Appear at Pension Hearing Via Video Feed

by on January 06, 2014 11:00 AM

Jerry Sandusky will appear at a pension forfeiture appeal hearing in Harrisburg on Tuesday via closed-circuit TV.

Sandusky, who is incarcerated at State Correctional Institute-Greene in Waynesburg, is appealing the State Employees' Retirement System's (SERS) decision that his pension be forfeited under the Pennsylvania Public Pension Forfeiture Act.

The agency says on its website, "A public office is indeed a public trust, and Pennsylvania has laws in place to penalize those who violate that trust by stripping them of their pension. The (act) applies to all SERS members who commit certain crimes in relation to their employment."

Sandusky's attorneys will argue for a reversal of the forfeiture during the administrative hearing. The hearing is part of an appeals process during which evidence will be presented before independent hearing officer Michael Bangs.

After hearing evidence, Bangs will make a recommendation to the State Employees' Retirement Board. Subsequently, the board will reach a decision. The board will not make a decision Tuesday, according to an order issued by Bangs.

If the board denies Sandusky's appeal, Sandusky has the right to appeal the denial to Commonwealth Court.

The former Penn State defensive coordinator's pension was forfeited in November 2011 after the initial charges of child sex abuse were filed against him. Sandusky's pension is reportedly for $4,900 a month. When Sandusky's pension was revoked his wife, Dottie, also became ineligible for benefits.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and could last until Thursday. The hearing will be held at the State Employees' Retirement System in Harrisburg.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of child sex abuse. He is currently serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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