After Sandusky wins back pension, PA senator calls for stricter forfeiture law

Jerry Sandusky might have gotten his public pension back, but one lawmaker wants to ensure taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for other sex offenders’ retirements.

State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, plans to introduce legislation that would bar public officials and employees from collecting retirement benefits if they’re convicted of, or plead guilty or no defense, to crimes that require registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

“The duty of public officials and employees to serve the best interests of the citizens of Pennsylvania is of the utmost importance,” Farnese wrote in a memo seeking support for his proposal. “To me, that duty is obliterated when a crime requiring registration under Megan’s Law is committed. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that offenders who commit these types of crimes should not be afforded the same benefits as public servants who abide by the law.”

 State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, said any public official or employee convicted of a sex offense requiring registration under Megan’s Law should forfeit their public pensions.

A former assistant football coach for Penn State, Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing several boys over more than a decade. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison,and the State Employees Retirement Board stripped him of his $4,900-a-month pension.

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