Onondaga County (NY) District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today that two claims of sexual abuse against former Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine are credible, but that he won’t pursue a state case because the accusations are too old to be prosecuted.
Former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis, 39, and Davis’s stepbrother Mike Lang, 45, both accuse Fine of sexually abusing them when they were juveniles. Fitzpatrick called the pair credible witnesses, and said their claims would have led to Fine’s arrest were it not for the legal statute of limitations on such crimes.
The claims of the third man, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli, of Lewiston, Maine, fall within federal statutes of limitations and are being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.
Fine has denied all allegations of abuse. He was fired on Nov. 27.
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