With the immense media scrutiny surrounding the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations filling up headlines across the nation, this tragedy has spurred other victims of other perpetrators to come forward with their story. ESPN is reporting that longtime Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been accused of molesting young ball boys in the early 1980s and '90s.
Similar to the Sandusky case, the abuses were alleged to have occurred in Fine's home, hotel rooms and at Syracuse basketball facilities. The abuse was brought to light in 2003 by victim Bobby Davis, who was subsequently told by a Syracuse detective that they would not be perusing the case as the statute of limitations has expired. ESPN also caught wind of these allegations at that time and were prepared to run a story about it for their "Outside the Lines" program. However, due to a lack of corroborating and supporting evidence, they pulled the story.
University officials did launch an investigation in 2005 upon hearing the allegations, but like ESPN, they too did not find any evidence to support Davis's claims. Recently, a second victim (Davis's stepbrother) has also come forward with similar allegations.
Senior vice president for public affairs Kevin C. Quinn released a statement on the university's website saying that "Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associate coach and reported it to the police immediately" and that "Syracuse University will cooperate fully" with police.
As of now, Fine has been placed on administrative leave by director of athletics Dr. Daryl Gross, and Syracuse police have reopened the case and are continuing to investigate the matter. As more details emerge, we will continue to update this story.