Artist paints over Paterno's halo on Pa. mural

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This Saturday, July 14, 2012 photo shows the edges of the newly-painted-over halo above the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on a mural by Michael Pilato in State College, Pa. Pilato removed the halo from the painting on Saturday amid the school\'s child sex-abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — An artist has removed a halo from a mural of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno amid the school's child sex-abuse scandal.

Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno's image after the beloved coach's death in January, but said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after a report that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and others buried allegations of child sex-abuse against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno's family denies the claim.

Pilato added a large blue ribbon, instead, on Paterno's lapel symbolizing support for child abuse victims, a cause the artist said Paterno had endorsed.

Pilato earlier removed Sandusky from the downtown mural. He said he hasn't made a decision on Spanier's image. Spanier has not been charged. Sandusky has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

 
 
 

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