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Artist Paints Over Sandusky In Mural

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STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) — For more than a decade, the likeness of Penn State’s former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has graced Michael Pilato’s “Inspiration” mural outside the Student Book Store along Hiester Street; but that is no longer the case.

In light of the child sex allegations, the State College artist who created the mural eleven years ago painted over Sandusky’s image as students snapped pictures of the change.

“I also got an email yesterday from one of the victim’s mothers asking me to do it,” Pilato said. “It’s just a really sad day for me.”

In its place, Pilato painted a blue ribbon — which represents child abuse prevention.

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