Syracuse Sex Abuse Scandal: Bernie Fine Placed On Administrative Leave Following Molestation Allegations

Maybe the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State has opened up the floodgates for nationwide victims. Or maybe it's just a case of unfortunate timing. Either way, Syracuse University has a bona fide mess on its hands.

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That's because assistant head basketball coach Bernie Fine was placed on administrative leave on Thursday following a police investigation stemming from molestation charges.

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Bobby Davis, a former ball boy, as well as his step-brother, have come forward with claims that Fine had been abusing them on campus starting in 1983.

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Davis first reported the abuse to Syracuse police back in 2003, but no action was taken because the statute of limitations had expired. Not coincidentally, the chief of police chief was former Syracuse basketball player Dennis Duval.

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An excerpt from ESPN's 2003 interview with Davis:

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"I would go on recruiting trips with him, stay in hotels with him. I stayed in many hotels with him. At the (1987) Final Four. I would get there a day earlier than Laurie (Fine's wife) and the kids sometimes and we'd spend the night all alone in a hotel room many times."

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Syracuse launched its own investigation into the matter in 2005, but took no further action because at the time, the University did not have enough supporting evidence to proceed.

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For more on the Syracuse sex abuse scandal click here.

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