Artist Sandusky State Mural – Part of a large painted mural containing assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was painted over Wednesday by State College artist Michael Pilato following an investigation into the assistant coach’s alleged child sex abuse.Someone had already painted a child’s hand print on the mural, which covers a wall in downtown State College. Pilato said the child’s hand print was put on the knee of Sandusky by a child from the Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation, the organization where the coach alleged found most of his victims. Pilato then painted over a portion of the mural featuring Sandusky, who was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse on November 5.
The case of Jerry Sandusky, a 67-year-old former defensive coordinator accused of years of abuse of boys that allegedly was covered up by school officials, has shaken the university and its football program.
“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief,” legendary head coach Joe Paterno said.
Paterno, in his 46th year as head coach of the Nittany Lions and winner of two national championships, has been criticized for not doing more to intervene when incidents of Sandusky’s abuse came to light in 2002. Paterno announced Wednesday that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
“With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more,” said Paterno.
Two former university officials — athletic director Tim Curley and finance official Gary Schultz — were charged on Monday with failing to alert police after they were told that Sandusky had been seen sodomizing a young boy in the football locker room shower in 2002.
They have also been charged with perjury in their statements to a grand jury.