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Joe Paterno's halo in PA mural painted over

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Artist Michael Pilato painted over a halo he placed over Penn State football coach Joe Paternos head in a mural. He added a blue ribbon to the coachs jacket, symbolizing support for child-abuse victims.

Artist Michael Pilato painted over a halo he placed over Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's head in a mural. He added a blue ribbon to the coach's jacket, symbolizing support for child-abuse victims. (KABC Photo)

An artist removed a halo from a mural of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno amid the school's sex-abuse scandal.

Michael Pilato had painted a halo over Paterno's head after the beloved coach's death in January. He removed that halo on Saturday and added a blue ribbon to Paterno's jacket, symbolizing support for child abuse victims.

The changes come in the wake of an independent investigation accusing Paterno and three other Penn State officials of covering up child sex-abuse allegations against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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