The Syracuse Police have agreed to release information to the District Attorney about their investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine.
A statement from the Syracuse Police Department said it, will provide the information requested by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. As Mayor Stephanie Miner stated the Syracuse Police Department would turn over all reports and documentation of this investigation at the appropriate time. We have now moved into a new phase of the investigation with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the United States Secret Service taking the lead.
Chief Fowler and the Syracuse Police Department remain committed to working with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Secret Service on this investigation, as we have since the Police Department launched this investigation and brought these allegations to the attention of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick subpoenaed the Syracuse Police Department on Monday, November 21 to obtain past and current records in the investigation of child sexual abuse against suspended Syracuse University basketball coach Bernie Fine. This is the first time in 30 years as a prosecutor in Onondaga County that Fitzpatrick has had to use that legal power to leverage records from the Syracuse police
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner issued a statement Monday morning saying, "In the best interest of all parties, it is critical for the Police Department to fulfill its responsibility and do its job. With this in mind, the Syracuse Police Department will not be releasing information about the investigation to the media or any other entity in a piecemeal fashion. Instead, the Syracuse Police Department will complete its investigation and then turn its findings in their entirety over to the appropriate authorities and answer questions about the investigation TMs findings at the appropriate time. Any comments about the specifics of the investigation while it is ongoing would be premature and irresponsible."
On Wednesday November 23, Fitzpatrick blamed the Syracuse Police and Chief Frank Fowler for leaking that information to The Post-Standard in an attempt to discredit his office. He's also accusing the police department of sabotaging his investigation by withholding records the DA TMs office says it needs for its investigation.
Now I have a chief that TMs intentionally trying to sabotage an investigation. A chief who is preventing finding out if an innocent man has had his reputation besmeared or whether a person has been victimized in a most violent disgusting manner. That TMs my objective, to find and get to the truth of that, and I will do it with or without Frank Fowler. He is irrelevant to me, Fitzpatrick said.
Later Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Miner issued a statement regarding Fitzpatrick's comments. The mayor said, "Chief Fowler, Deputy Chief Broton and the Syracuse Police Department have conducted themselves with complete professionalism and integrity throughout this process. We are focused on trying to find the truth in this highly charged environment."
Syracuse University, in a one line statement, fired Bernie Fine on Sunday evening around 8:42pm. The statement said, At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine TMs employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately."