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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 06/28/2012

Jerry Sandusky may be able to keep state pension

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach who may spend the rest of his life in prison after his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse, is likely to continue to receive his pension from the state.

Sandusky, 68, receives $58,898 annually, according to, and Pennsylvania pension-forfeiture laws target public corruption rather than crimes of violence.

“I am a Penn Stater and I am a citizen of Pennsylvania, and we are all morally outraged about this case and what happened to those kids,” Nicholas Maiale, chairman of the State Employees’ Retirement System, said.

Although he said he plans to ask for a review of the situation, he isn’t optimistic about changing it. “At this point, on the surface, it looks like a forfeiture won’t happen,” Maiale said.

Sandusky retired as defensive coordinator after the 1999 season and, after 30 years at Penn State, took a lump-sum pension payment of $148,271 from the SERS. He is taking the rest of his pension in payments of $4,908 per month. If he were to die and his wife Dottie survived him, she would be entitled to about half that amount.

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