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Newspapers Quote Professor Norman Stein on Sandusky’s Pension Rights

June 28, 2012

The fact that convicted child molester and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will continue to collect a hefty pension while in prison should not come as a surprise, Professor Norman Stein said in newspaper stories published on June 28.

States usually limit pension forfeitures to acts such as fraud, Stein said in a Reuters story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Allentown Morning Call.

Sandusky, who was convicted on June 22 of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, will receive an annual pension of about $59,000 for life, Reuters reported.  He is expected to receive a sentence in September that will put him in prison for the rest of his life. 

Stein, an expert on tax, pension and benefits law, said stripping Sandusky of the pension would harm the former coach’s wife, who committed no crimes.