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Who gets to keep state pensions?

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After digging deeper, more developments surfaced regarding the pension of Jerry Sandusky. An abc27 News EXCLUSIVE report on Tuesday revealed Sandusky continues to receive his state pension of $59,000 a year.

On Wednesday, abc27's Dave Marcheskie obtained state records that showed 68 year-old Jerry Sandusky chose 'Option 3' on his S.E.R.S. retirement application. That would allow a beneficiary to take over Sandusky's pension following his death. Law protects the identity of Sandusky's pension beneficiary.

The State Employees' Retirement System said Sandusky's pension was in part paid for by taxpayer dollars from 1969 to 1999 when he was employed as a Defensive Coordinator with Penn State University.

According to SERS, said the amount of tax dollars fluctuated over Sandusky's 30-year employment with the public university.

Bill Beaver, a state pension beneficiary himself, is outraged.

"Sandusky's retirement is a part of that pay he got," said Beaver. "But, when he broke the public's trust and committed a felony while he was employed….he should be denied his retirement."

Remember, Sandusky's pension is safe.

SERS states a person is guilty of a crime after a person is sentenced. Prosecutors could file to forfeit a state employee's pension if found guilty of an 'Act 140' crime.

Violent crimes, such as murder and child rape, are not listed under Act 140.

Pennsylvania State House Speaker Bill DeWeese was among many politicians involved in the recent Bonusgate scandal to have lost their state pension. They were convicted of crimes listed under Act 140.

Criminal? Yes. Heinous? Not compared to violent crimes.

Even former Penn State University Vice President Gary Schultz could lose his pension if found guilty of perjury in his trial set to begin next month. Perjury falls under Act 140.

"I think it's horrendous. It's not fair for the rest of us," said Linda Beaver. "What he's done. He should not get a state pension."

State records show Schultz's monthly pension amount is $27,558.25.

Former Athletic Director Tim Curley also set to be on trial next month, opted out of the SERS program.

Some have argued Sandusky earned his retirement over his coaching career, therefore entitled to his state pension.

Richard Phillips felt differently, "He should have to pay for all the things he's done," said Phillips. "He shouldn't have any money when he leaves here. It should all go back to the public and the people who actually got hurt by his actions."

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