Nov 12, 2011
commented on Why Coach Paterno, Not the Witness, Is to Blame for Not Reporting Child Rape to Police
It is incomprehensible to me that any reasonable person (no matter how crazy about football) would think that a football coach (any football coach) was the appropriate authority to report a child rape to.
Were other campus crimes regularly reported to Paterno? If you take the above analysis seriously you would have to wonder why not. The analysis virtually equates him with Penn State, after all.
The obvious hypothesis is that McQueary was less concerned with the rape victim than he was with the potential fallout. He knew that if he reported the crime to the police there was no containing it.
I suppose McQueary might have thought that it was okay to let Paterno handle notifying the police. The problem with that, of course, is that it delayed, or potentially prevented, the police in gathering physical evidence of the rape. Let's say that he thought that Paterno would contact the police promptly. He surely knew fairly soon that that hadn't happened, because he knew that news of the crime had not leaked out. At that point, he should have realized that he had to go to the police himself.
Any reasonable person, though, should have realized that the police should have been contacted immediately upon witnessing the crime.