Bernie Fine has not been interviewed by the New York District Attorney.
Fine, the former Syracuse men’s basketball assistant coach, nor his wife have been interested in connection with the alleged sexual abuse because of the ongoing federal investigation. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick made the comments during an online chat with readers of the Syracuse Post-Standard.
He has declined to respond to emails and phone call messages from the Associated Press seeking more details about why he has decided not to question Fine or his wife, Laurie. The U.S. Attorney’s office is currently investigating Fine, and has seized various things from Fine, including computers, cameras, phones and records during searches of Fine’s office and home.
“To stand by and not support two victims of sexual abuse would have been derelict on my part,” Fitzpatrick said. “I felt that they had been vilified from a number of sources regarding their credibility, and I needed to create an atmosphere of support so that other victims could come forward.”
Fine is accused of sexually abusing two former Syracuse ball boys, who are related. Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Michael Lang both claim they were molested by Fine in the 1980s.
Fitzpatrick has said that he believes both men by saying they were credible. But too much time has passed for him or the police to file charges against Fine.
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