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Sandusky Removed From Mural

November 10, 2011 by staff 

Sandusky Removed From Mural, About 30 people gathered downtown Wednesday to watch an artist paint over the face of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in a mural.

State College artist Michael Pilato, 43, started the mural, called “Inspiration,” about 11 years ago and updates it annually by adding people who inspire him. He added Sandusky for his work with The Second Mile, a nonprofit organization serving youth, and his impact on Penn State football.

Pilato has never taken a person off the mural, which includes hundreds of people and stretches the length of a building.

Pilato said he would wait for the outcome of legal proceedings before deciding their mural fate.

Sandusky was indicted last week on multiple counts of sexually abusing children.

“It’s really tough,” Pilato said.

Initially, he wanted to wait for the legal process to run its course before making a decision with the mural, but was prompted to alter the mural after receiving an email from an alleged victim’s mother.

The mural now depicts an empty chair with a blue ribbon on it to remember victims of child abuse.

Also depicted in the mural are former head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier, who both exited their jobs Wednesday. The board of trustees fired Paterno and reached an agreement to have Spanier step down immediately. Both men have been criticized for not taking stronger actions to investigate reports of wrongdoing by Sandusky. Pilato said he would wait for the outcome of legal proceedings before deciding their mural fate.

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