Rick Santorum defended the lack of action on the part of Joe Paterno when told of sexual abuse on the part of one of his coaches.
Paterno reported the allegations to his boss, and Pennsylvania’s attorney general said it appeared that the coach had met his obligations under state law. Still, some critics have said that he should have reported the suspected abuse to police.
“I know Joe Paterno and I’ve known him for many years,” Santorum told reporters after visiting his campaign office in Bedford. “These are horrible, horrible gut-wrenching, gut-punching allegations of what went on there. All I can say is obviously heads rolled and there may be more heads to roll.”
But he would not call for Paterno’s ouster.
“The bottom line is that after all the years of what he’s done for that university and beyond that for so many others in this country, he deserves the opportunity to tell his side of the story,” Santorum said. “I’m not going to make any judgments until that happens and he certainly is owed that.”
Are they so backwards at Penn State and the state of Pennsylvania? In Arizona, if I were to witness a coach banging an underage boy in the school showers (or anywhere else for that matter) I can be personally prosecuted for not immediately reporting or causing a report to made to law enforcement. I can be prosecuted for just telling my boss and not making sure the next phone call my boss made was to the police. What kind of ass backwards hill billy law lets you just say, “hey Joe, your coach was really giving it to some little boy in the shower there. Well good night.”?
He followed the law by reporting it to a civilian boss? Well over a year ago? Well, he’s a game winning coach so let’s let him tell his side of the story. The side where he says, “I did what the law requires.” What does humanity require? That if you know a grown man is raping a little boy that you step in, you call the police and if you see it happening you taze that perverted bastard til his balls fall off.
These guys admitted they knew something was going on. They reported it. As the law requires.