After reading the grand jury indictment, there is no question in my mind that Paterno had to go and go quickly. But Mike McQuery, the assistant coach who actually witnessed the sexual abuse in 2002, has to go too.
(read the indictment here but be warned, the content is graphic.)
McQuery actually saw this little boy being violated and did not follow this up by reporting to the police. From the indictment, it appears that both Sandusky and the little boy both knew they were seen and I can’t help but think that the little boy must have thought – “someone is here to save me from this monster” only to find out that no one did anything to help him.
My belief is that their first obligation was to protect this little boy (and all the other little boys) and they failed. They failed those little boys (who are now young men.) That’s shameful.
It should also be noted that a janitor witnessed the same thing in the locker room showers, but with a different boy and at a different time. His fellow employees said that the man was so shook up by what he’d seen that he “almost had a heart attack.”
Again, no one called the police.
Too many people failed these little boys, for too many years. Children could have been spared this had someone spoke up earlier.