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Sandusky in court via videolink for pension hearing

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 07:09 PM CST
Reported by: Christina Butler

HARRISBURG -- Jerry Sandusky was at the center of another court hearing Tuesday, this one having to do with his fight to get his pension returned.

The Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System stopped his pension when he was sentenced in October 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys.

Retirement benefits were also terminated at that time for his wife, Dottie.

Sandusky participated in the hearing via videolink from his prison in Greene County. The hearing was held in Harrisburg. If a hearing commissioner decides to re-instate his pension, the Sanduskys will continue to recieve a $4,900 per month retirement benefit.

The hearing lasted about three hours, but a decision is not expected from the hearing commissioner for several weeks.

At issue is whether Sandusky could be considered a Penn State employee, even after his retirement in 1999. PSERS argued he still worked for the university in multiple capacities, but Sandusky and his attorneys argued he did not collect a regular paycheck.

Sandusky's testimony reflected on his career with Penn State and his work with The Second Mile, the charity he founded for troubled youth.

At one point, an attorney mentioned "Victim 1 and Victim 9."  Sandusky replied, "Alleged victims, I'd call them."

At another point, the same attorney questioned him about the timing of his crimes, Sandusky responded,  "The alleged crimes. The alleged crimes. Those were after 2004 with those two, yeah."Sandusky in court via videolink for pension hearing


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