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Syracuse fire sex abuse scandal coach as tapes reveal his 'wife watched husband molest boy... and she seduced one victim years later'

Michael Zennie Daily Mail 11/28/2011 23:29
Denial: Bernie Fine, the associate head basketball coach at Syracuse University, rejected allegations by three men that he molested them when they were boys

Denial: Bernie Fine, the associate head basketball coach at Syracuse University, rejected allegations by three men that he molested them when they were boys


The Syracuse University basketball coach accused of sex abuse has been fired after damning new evidence suggested his wife watched him molest a boy who was staying at their house.



Laurie Fine allegedly told one of her husband's three accusers in a recorded phone call that she suspected he had done the same to other boys - but that she never did anything to stop it.

She is also said to have revealed that she slept with one of the victims, as well, once he turned 18 - as it emerged that the tapes had been in the hands of police and ESPN for nearly ten years and no action was taken.

One of the alleged victims Bobby Davis, now 39, says he secretly taped the conversation in 2002 in an effort to collect proof that the longtime college basketball coach had abused him, starting when he was in seventh grade - 12 years old.

'I know everything that went on, you know,' she says on tapes played by ESPN's Outside the Line program.

'I know everything that went on with him. Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues. And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted.'

Mr Fine has denied the allegations as 'patently false.' However, the university today fired the 65-year-old coach after putting him on administrative leave earlier this month.

'At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,' said Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs.

 

 

Evidence: Bobby Davis (left) says he recorded a phone call with Mr Fine's wife, Laurie, (right) in 2002 in an effort to collect proof that he was molested

 

Authorities have said if any crimes were committed, they are likely beyond the statute of limitation and cannot be prosecuted.

The phone conversation was verified by a voice-recognition analyst hired by ESPN.


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