N.Y. Times reporter Michael Cieply yesterday summarized a September 1977 probation officer’s report concerning Roman Polanski, then 44. It “gives a jarring reminder that Mr. Polanski’s behavior at the time was being treated by key officials more as an exercise of bad judgment than as a vicious assault,” Cieply notes. “It is a window into how sex crimes, especially when they involved Hollywood luminaries, were viewed in that era.”