Judge Who Freed Jerry Sandusky Worked For His Charity, Report Says
1 year ago
Sandusky still receives his state pension despite child molestation charges
In the wake of Penn State's 17-14 loss to Nebraska Saturday came dual reports that further complicated the already murky picture surrounding the university's handling of the alleged molestation of boys on its campus by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The sports blog Deadspin reported Sunday that a judge who freed Sandusky on $100,000 unsecured bail volunteered for the The Second Mile, the organization Sandusky founded in 1977 for disadvantaged youth. Prosecutors, who say Sandusky preyed on victims from his charity, requested a $500,000 bail and that he be required to wear a monitoring bracelet. District Judge Leslie Dutchcot ruled Sandusky be freed without having post any money unless he missed a court date.
Earlier Sunday, The Patriot-News reported Sandusky opted for a $148, 271 lump sum pension payment from the State Employees' Retirement System. Sandusky receives $58,898 annually, the paper reported.
On Nov. 9, Penn State fired longtime coach Joe Paterno. It took the field without him Saturday amid widespread anticipation victims were planning civil lawsuits against the university.
A lawyer defending at least one of the victims told the Daily Beast, "This may be the most high-profile sexual abuse case ever."