‘Pedobear’ Mascot, Used to Mock Pedophiles, Spotted at Penn State Bowl Game

The final game of Penn State's longest football season featured one last indignity.

Something called "Pedobear," which purportedly is an Internet meme used to mock pedophiles, showed up to the TicketCity Bowl between Penn State and Houston on Monday and was even allowed into the stadium.

Photos posted by Deadspin show someone in a bear costume, which resembled the controversial Pedobear character, at the tailgate and in the stands. It was even shown on the video screen during the game.

Penn State fired Joe Paterno, its head coach for 46 years, this season after a Pennsylvania grand jury report outlined the alleged sexual abuse of minors by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the university's alleged cover-up of the scandal.

Pedobear, a cute, cartoon teddy bear, was created in 2004 in reference to the trust and childlike bait used by pedophiles to lure minors, according to pedobear.org. Some people have condemned the character for making light of the serious nature of child sexual abuse.

See a photo of the bear at Monday's game in the photo below.

'Pedobear' Mascot, Used to Mock Pedophiles, Spotted at Penn State Bowl Game
Photo via Deadspin

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