Bernie Fine Scandal: Victims' Advocate Alleges Fourth Victim Will Soon Emerge

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 30, 2011

NEW YORK - MARCH 12: Assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Connecticut Huskies during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It seems that the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky does compare to the one fuming at Syracuse in that the story just keeps getting worse. 

The New York Daily News reports the one thing that we have come to dread in the last couple of months: that there may yet be another victim. 

After seeing the alleged victim toll rise at Penn State, the stomach should be used to such things. As it were, nothing makes this mess much better as the heat continues to rise around former longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine. 

The Syracuse mainstay has endured increased scrutiny as a tape of an alleged conversation between his wife and one of the victims taking in 2002 surfaced. There was then the matter of a third victim coming forward to state that he was also once molested by Fine. 

Now, another bomb drops in the unfolding case of Fine and his alleged sexual abuse. Robert Hoatson is the president and founder of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit organization that supports victims of abuse.

Hoatson told The Daily News that he recently spoke with the female friend of another alleged victim. Since that time, the female friend has gone to Syracuse Police and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office with the allegation. 

Hoatson added that the victim was a teenager when the alleged crimes were committed. He stated: 

I got a call from this person’s family. They said something happened to someone in their family. She said she’s gone to law enforcement. When (the information) comes to light, it will be very powerful.

Fine continues to be investigated for prior allegations that are just barely coming to light. While no charges have come, it is very clear that Fine is being inundated with incriminating allegations at the moment. 

The recently fired coach will surely bring down the honorable house of Syracuse if these allegations are found to be true. 

Hoatson maintains that even head coach Jim Boeheim should be fired for his backing of Fine when the first allegations broke. I would say give it some time. The more things that come out in this sordid affair, the more likely that others will be found to be culpable. 

With two scandals burning college sports at the moment, it's clear that none of it gets any easier to digest. 

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