State opts not to appeal ruling giving Sandusky back pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s large public-sector pension system isn’t appealing a court order restoring state retirement benefits to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

A State Employees’ Retirement System spokesman said Tuesday that the agency plans to work with Sandusky’s lawyers to figure out how much he’s owed. The one-month period in which to appeal the Commonwealth Court decision has passed.

Sandusky will eventually resume collecting his $4,900-a-month pension, payments that ended when he was sentenced in October 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of boys.

The pension system board had cited Sandusky’s crimes as the basis for his pension forfeiture. But the court ruled it was wrong to classify Sandusky as a university employee at the time of the crimes.

Sandusky maintains he’s innocent and is pursuing appeals.

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