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Syracuse Fires Assistant Coach: Sexual Abuse Charges Swirl For Second University
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Syracuse Fires Assistant Coach: Sexual Abuse Charges Swirl for Second University

A nation that is still reeling from the scandal at Penn State University has been dealt another blow. Syracuse University's Chancellor Nancy Cantor, speaking through a statement delivered by the school's Senior Vice President Kevin Quinn, has reported that Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine has been fired, effective immediately. Fine, who had been on administrative leave since earlier in the month, could not be reached for comment.

Shortly after the news that Jerry Sandusky, the former Assistant Coach at Penn State University had been arrested for sexually abusing at least eight boys, Fine's main accuser sent a text message to his step-brother saying "that happened to me too". Bobby Davis, who is now nearly forty years old and his step-brother, Mike Lang both allege that Fine molested them for several years and that school officials had been informed that both boys were going to the police with their allegations. Davis, who had served as a ball boy in the program spoke to the Syracuse, New York police in 2005.

Two sources are reporting that there is a tape recorded conversation from 2002 between Davis and Fine's wife Laurie which reveals that she knew what was going on in great detail. In that tape, the woman identified as Laurie Fine said that "Bernie had issues". That recording had reportedly been sent to the Post-Standard Newspaper at the time it was made but the editor did not report on it because there were no other accusers at the time, no witnesses and nothing to back up the claims. Laurie Fine stated that Davis taped her several times and then edited the tapes to make it sound like she had said something incriminating against her husband.

The Fine home was searched on Friday, not only by local law enforcement agencies but by the Secret Service as well. The Secret Service is used to investigate crimes that involve electronic transactions. A number of items were taken from the home after that search.

Another boy, this one currently twenty three has come forward with his own allegations. Zachary Tomaselli has said that Fine molested him during a trip to Pittsburgh. Tomaselli's father has said that the story is not true and has called his son a manipulator that needs some major help. The pair are currently estranged.

The Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick has called for the records pertaining to the 2002 case and has had some harsh words for the police that handled that report.


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