Nearly a year after sexual abuse and child molestation accusations were brought against former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine, the saga could be nearly over.
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they are dropping the case against Fine, meaning he won’t be charged. According to The Post-Standard (N.Y.), authorities went through more than 100,000 pages of documents and 130 interviews before deciding to drop the charges.
“The nature and seriousness of these allegations, which involved conduct typically committed in private with individuals who are reluctant to come forward, warranted a thorough federal investigation,” U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said, according to the paper.
On Nov. 17 of last year, former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang came forward with their accusations of child molestation, with Davis saying that the abuse lasted for many years. Shortly after, Zach Tomaselli also went public with molestation accusations, before taking them back, then re-asserting the allegations in April. A fourth accuser also recanted previous allegations of abuse against Fine.
When the story first came out, head coach Jim Boeheim adamantly defended Fine, even going as far as saying the accusers were after money in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Boeheim later apologized.
Fine has denied wrongdoing throughout the entire process, and was fired from the basketball staff on Nov. 27, 2011. He is currently a consultant for an Israeli basketball team.