A Pennsylvania lawmaker said he plans to introduce legislation that would disqualify public employees from receiving pension benefits if they have been convicted of certain crimes against children.
State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, said his legislation will include a retroactivity clause that would apply the changes starting June 1.
"When Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse against 10 victims last month, the public was astounded to learn that he would continue to receive his $58,898 state pension - simply because the crimes he committed didn't disqualify him from doing so," DePasquale said in a statement Monday. "This bill is simple: It's to ensure that doesn't continue in the future."
Under DePasquale's proposal, any public official or public employee who is convicted or pleads guilty or no defense to any offense committed against a child that requires registration pursuant to Megan's Law would lose all rights to pension benefits.
Additionally, the bill would amend the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act to require any public official or public employee who is convicted or pleads guilty or pleads no defense in any court of record to any crime related to a public office or public employment, to make complete and full restitution of any monetary loss incurred as a result of the criminal offense to the public school where they were employed.
"While there are concerns that Penn State University officials were aware of Jerry Sandusky's behavior, I feel that he should reimburse the school for his use of its facilities to perpetrate crimes, if the school is held accountable," DePasquale said.
DePasquale said justice will not be truly served until Sandusky's pension has been revoked.