NYWoodyFan - No one is saying Paterno (or Larry Johnson, or anyone else) knew about Sandusky's crimes while Sandusky was a coach. You've defended Paterno from a crime nobody has accused him of committing.
Paterno was told of the allegations about Sandusky in 1999. To have allowed him shower access with a minor after that was a huge error in judgement. Then when the GA went to Paterno to report a disturbing incident between Sandusky and a minor in the shower...an incident which he made clear was a rape when he was in front of a jury...to wait a couple days and pass the buck onto the University AD/President was inexcusable and likely illegal. Because of Paterno's silence that kid never got help/counseling following the rape. Because of Paterno's silence several other kids were raped by Sandusky AFTER the PSU incident which should have put an end to Sandusky's days as a free man.
Hell yes I'm self righteous when it comes to people who appear to have cared more about the reputation of their team than protecting minors from a rapist.