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      Onondaga County D.A. is concerned with handling of Fine investigation

      Bernie Fine / SUAthletics.com

      Onondaga County District Attorney told CNY Central that he TMs concerned with the handling of the investigations in 2003 and 2005.

      CNY Central TMs Jim Kenyon spoke with Onondaga County D.A. Bill Fitzpatrick by phone Friday morning.

      Fitzpatrick told CNY Central that he TMs concerned that Syracuse Police in 2003 and Syracuse University in 2005 when they did not notify his office of the investigation into child molesting allegations against Bernie Fine.

      Fitzpatrick reviled that Bernie Fine TMs accusers were interviewed by Syracuse Police last night. His office has been in direct contact with the Syracuse Police Department which re-opened an investigation into the allegations against Fine. The D.A. TMs office is awaiting the results of the police investigation.

      Fitzpatrick said he doubts that there could be any prosecution given the statute of limitations.

      Bernie Fine Coverage Onondaga County D.A. is concerned with handling of Fine investigation Onondaga County D.A. is concerned with handling of Fine investigation After Penn State scandal, Fine allegations draw national attention Syracuse University previously investigated claim against Fine Police confirm investigation into allegations against SU assistant coach Bernie Fine SU students stunned, saddened by sexual abuse allegations Boeheim: Bernie has my full support Watch ESPN TMs interview Comments from SU community

      An email went out to students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University on Friday regarding the allegations against Fine. In the email, Chancellor Nancy Cantor says the university will do everything in it TMs power to find the truth.

      Cantor says Fine has vehemently denied the allegations and should be given a fair opportunity to defend himself." Cantor also cautioned against any rush to judgment until the investigation is complete.

      This news comes just two weeks after Penn State was rocked by a child sex-abuse scandal.

      Syracuse University issued an official statement Thursday night, saying, "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.

      The school placed Bernie Fine on administrative leave Thursday night "in light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation." ESPN said the accusations were made by two former ball boys.

      The Chancellor's message says, "We are aware that many wonder if university administrations are willing to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing that may disrupt a successful sports program. I can assure you I am not, and my fellow administrators are not. We hold everyone in our community to high standards and we don TMt tolerate illegal, abusive or unethical behavior"no matter who you are."

      Bobby Davis, now 39, told the ESPN network Fine allegedly molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

      Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine molested him starting while he was in fifth or sixth grade.

      Bobby Davis, now 39, told the ESPN network Fine allegedly molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

      Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine molested him starting while he was in fifth or sixth grade. ( Watch the interview )

      Boeheim said in a statement Thursday, "I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would been involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support."

      Boeheim also gave a brief interview on TK99 in Syracuse Friday morning. (Listen)

      Many others are speaking out about about this scandal.

      Former basketball player Eric Devendorf told the Daily Orange that he "He did a lot of things for me off the court besides basketball, so it's not even in his character to even do something like that. It seems like a lie to me, the whole thing seems real fishy."

      Derrick Coleman, SU forward from 1986 to 1990, wrote on his Facebook wall, To all my FB people and my SU family, I've been knowing Berine Fine since I was 14, going to SU basketball camps. I know how it feel's to be accused of something and everybody is speculating I support coach fine 100% in my time at SU and still to this day I've never seen any indication of what he's being accused of. I bleed orange and we are SU|

      Ryan Blackwell, SU player from1997 to 2000, posted, How are you 26 years old and still getting your ~penis yanked on TM by a grown man and not doing anything about it yourself?!?! It is old news. Bernie was cleared years ago. I guess Bobby figured this was the perfect time to try and get paid with the whole Sandusky/Penn State situation happening."

      The allegations against Fine are shocking to Syracuse University students. Catherine Mehta, a student at Syracuse University, said, "I just hope it's not true. But I hope that with these rumors, that the investigation is taken seriously."

      "All of a sudden SU is in a very similar situation. I'm just wondering, my first reaction, was did anybody know about this? How long has this been going on?" asked Alessondra Parra.

      Read more reactions from the Syracuse athletics community on nunesmagician.com.

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