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Conn. school district painting over Joe Paterno mural

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) — A mural of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno at a Connecticut school will be painted over.

Oxford Board of Education member Paula Guillet told the Connecticut Post the mural at Great Oak Middle School will be painted over before school resumes. She said interim Superintendent John Reed made the decision.

A message was left for Reed Monday.

The decision follows a special investigative report for Penn State by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Freeh said Paterno and other university officials covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. Freeh concluded Paterno intervened to stop a plan by three top Penn State officials to report a 2001 allegation against Sandusky to child-welfare authorities.

Paterno’s family strongly denies the findings.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of abusing 10 boys.

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