You might ask, why wouldn't the state include a special clause for people who commit heinous crimes, to insure that they don't continue to collect taxpayer money after such atrocities?
The thing is, they DO have a clause like that. Unfortunately, they somehow forgot to include sex crimes. Not only is Sandusky in line to continue receiving his pension, his wife will continue to receive it at a 50% rate after he dies.
Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz could lose his pension if he's convicted of perjury, which is certainly possible.
The pension forfeiture clause targets various white-collar crimes, focusing on eliminating corruption. The purpose is to punish them for "certain crimes that breach the member's duty of faithful and honest public service."
Apparently, using a popular football program and a charity as a front to molest dozens of children over the course of several decades isn't a breach of Sandusky's duty of faithful and honest public service.
Not surprisingly, some Pennsylvanians are pretty upset about it. Representative Brendan Boyle is one of them:
Boyle is absolutely right, and something needs to be done to ensure that the taxpayers of the great state of Pennsylvania aren't on the hook for more money that Sandusky doesn't deserve.
Boyle introduced a bill last year that would increase the list of crimes that would lead to pension forfeiture, and it is now one of 6 bills to that effect.