Bill may require pension loss for teachers convicted in child porn cases

The legislation will specify the crimes that will require pension forfeiture.

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BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) - The House on Monday advanced legislation aimed at ensuring that Massachusetts teachers convicted on child pornography charges do not receive their pensions.

The legislation (H 20) was recommended by the seven-member Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board, which oversees services and information in a system that includes more than 90,000 active educators and 62,000 retirees and survivors. The bill was referred to the Legislature's Public Service Committee in January. That panel held a hearing on the legislation in November and endorsed the bill on Nov. 30.

The legislation specifies that crimes requiring pension forfeiture include a conviction for knowing purchase or possession of visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct, a conviction of a sex offense involving a child, or a conviction of any other sex offense or sexually violent offense in which the victim was any person under the age of 18.

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