Saturday, November 19, 2011

#BernieFine #Syracuse :Video- Fine On Leave Due To Child Molestation Allegations

Syracuse University has put associate basketball coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave as police reopen an investigation into whether the longtime coach molested former ball boys with the team.

On Thursday night ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported that two former SU ball boys, Bobby Davis, 39, and his step-brother, Mike Lang, 45, said Fine repeatedly molested them beginning in 1983. Davis told ESPN that the abuse lasted over the course of 15 years and that it took place at Fine's home, at SU's sports facilities and on basketball road trips. On Thursday night, Davis told ESPN reporter Mark Schwarz that Fine tried to "yank" and "pull" at his pants.
"We are in the early stages of an investigation," Sgt. Tom Connellan of the Syracuse Police Department told ABC News Thursday night. "We have no further details."

According to Kevin Quinn, vice president of SU's public affairs department, in 2005 a "young adult male" informed the university and Syracuse City Police that he had been "subjected to inappropriate contact" by a men's basketball coach.

Quinn noted the school had investigated allegations, apparently by Davis, on an earlier occasion, and found little to corroborate the claims of abuse.

"On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the university immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation through its legal counsel," Quinn said in a statement.