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Jerry Sandusky to take part in pension hearing by video

June 20: Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.

June 20: Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.  (AP)

Jerry Sandusky will take part in his first public proceeding next month -- albeit via video link -- since he was sentenced to decades in prison for child molestation.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7 into whether Pennsylvania should have stripped the former Penn State assistant football coach of his public worker pension. A spokeswoman for the State Employees' Retirement System said Thursday that plans are for Sandusky to participate in the three-day hearing through a video connection to the state prison where he is confined.

Sandusky lost his $4,900-a-month pension last year on the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years.

A hearing examiner will recommend to the system's board about whether the pension forfeiture should remain in place.