After child-sex allegations surfaced against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky state lawmakers weren’t the only ones eyeing new ways to address flaws in the pension law.
Many legislators, including City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown were shocked to learn that Sandusky, the accused child-molester still receives a $58,898 annual pension from the State Employees Retirement System.
Brown, a Penn State graduate and former employee will introduce today, a bill that disqualifies any city employee found guilty of a sex crime against a minor from collecting a city pension.
“When citizens break the law, Megan’s Law, they should not get their pension,” Brown said. “They have interrupted that child’s life forever and their life should be interrupted as well.”
Meanwhile, state lawmakers in Harrisburg are reexamining bills that would keep state and municipal workers convicted of a sex crime against a minor from collecting a public pension.
Under state pension law, only workers convicted of crimes related to their public office or employment would lose their pension.
A Daily News article in July identified three former Philadelphia cops who had been convicted of child-sex offenses and who were collecting city pensions. One has since lost his pension, and a second could soon lose his.
Meanwhile, a third, Adrian Makuch, a former crime-scene-unit officer pleaded guilty last year to unlawfully contacting a minor and related offenses, but he’s still receiving a $2,203.56-a-month pension.
“Hopefully, this bill will serve as a warning,” Brown said.