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Ex-Syracuse assistant Fine won't be charged

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Nov 09 2012 03:16:02 PM CST
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Federal prosecutors have ended their criminal investigation of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine without charging him.

Fine was accused of molesting a child in 2002, but U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case.

"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," Hartunian said.

Last November, former Syracuse ballboys Bobby Davis and Michael Lang accused Fine of fondling them, starting as teenagers. The statue of limitations on prosecuting those charges had run out, but then several days later Zach Tomaselli accused Fine of attempting to molest him in 2002 while Syracuse was playing in Pittsburgh. Tomaselli, now 23, later said he was lying.

Fine had denied the charges against him but was fired from his job as coach Jim Boeheim's longtime assistant at Syracuse and moved out of the area. It's unclear whether Fine might be offered his job back.

Fine was not immediately available for comment. Boeheim refused to comment when approached by a reporter from the Syracuse Post-Standard.