DA: Police could have done more in Syracuse probe

A New York prosecutor says he cannot bring charges against a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach but find that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.

In this Nov. 14, 2011, photo, Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine watches a college basketball game against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York district attorney says Syracuse police should have done more to encourage a man to come forward after he accused a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach of sexual abuse almost a decade ago.

Bobby Davis told a detective in 2002 that Bernie Fine had molested him when Davis was a ballboy.

Fine, who has been fired, denies the allegations. Federal authorities are investigating.

Detective Doug Fox told Davis any crimes in the late 1980s had happened too long before to bring charges but said police could reopen the probe if Davis came forward with more recent allegations or accusers.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says Davis didn't come forward in person.

He says police should have done more to make Davis "feel welcome."


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