From what I understand, the crime was witnessed by a graduate student. This grad student then reported it to Paterno. It’s here, in my mind, that the critical decision takes place. Where I work, if I hear, HEAR, of a possible crime being committed by an employee or on corporate property, I’m to report that information to internal HR or security. At this point, I am NOT to call 9-1-1. Rather, I will have my statement taken and then I’ll be directed to do the appropriate.
If that’s too call the authorities, then I will. If it’s to watch or listen for further information I will.
Whatever else I might think about what happened, should happen or will happen, my role is to report and do what I’m told.
Now, with that said, given the nature of the allegations, I might have acted not like that. Be that as it may. In fact, it might turn out that if I HAD acted like my gut told me, I would be or could be sued, I might do it anyway. However, Joe didn’t. He did what the book said.
I slide a little more towards the “support Joe”: camp the more I think about it.