FactFinder 12: Convicted child sex offender keeps state pension
Updated On: May 30 2014 06:30:35 PM CDT
Should a convicted child sex offender collect a taxpayer funded pension?
It's a question we asked following this week's conviction of a former high ranking law enforcement officer.
As we reported, earlier this week, Kyle Smith will serve three years probation for a child sex crime. The former deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation spent much of his career as a state prosecutor, law enforcement officer, and legal adviser.
That work makes him eligible to join the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, KPERS.
According to a spokeswoman for KPERS, his conviction for sexual exploitation of a child, or any other felony, would have no effect on that pension. In other words, Smith gets every penny.
FactFinder 12 learned there was a bill introduced in Topeka last session that would have changed that. House Bill 2666 called for any public employee convicted of a felony to forfeit their pension. It did include special provisions to protect an "innocent spouse". There was a hearing on the bill in mid-February and it died. There was concern HB 2666 was too broadly worded and would have included too many low-level felonies.