Sandusky, from prison, tries to get pension back

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Jerry Sandusky, the U.S. college football assistant coach who was sent to prison for 45 counts of child sexual abuse, is asking for his pension back.

He testified via video link from prison Tuesday.

The molestation case rocked one of the country's premier sports programs.

Sandusky lost his $4,900-a-month Penn State University retirement benefits in October 2012, the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. The decision also precluded his wife, Dottie, from collecting benefits.

At the heart of the dispute is whether Sandusky's ties to the university after his 1999 retirement made him a "de facto" Penn State employee while committing the crimes in question.

It likely will be several months before the hearing examiner, Michael Bangs, produces his written recommendation to the retirement system board. If the board rules against Sandusky, he may appeal to Commonwealth Court.

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Associated Press writer Mark Scolforo contributed.

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