Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Asks NYS Attorney General to Investigate Syracuse University

A now 40-year-old man who claims former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him, is calling on New York state’s attorney general to investigate the school.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents  alleged victim Bobby Davis, said Syracuse violated the so-called Clery Act, a law requiring universities and colleges that participate in federal aid programs, to report crimes on campus.

She said Syracuse failed to report the sex abuse allegations to police.

“This is really important cause I don’t want what happened to me to ever happen to another child at SU (Syracuse University) again,” said Davis at a press conference in lower Manhattan.

In her letter to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Allred wrote:  “The Clery Act” requires the University to contact local law enforcement each year to ask for information on any crimes involving the University.  If one credits the University’s public statements that it did not know of Bobby’s allegations until 2005, it necessarily must follow that the University failed to meet its duty to seek out information from the local police.  Syracuse University cannot under the Clery Act hide behind the excuse that local law enforcement did not contact University leadership.”

Davis, a former ball boy, claims Fine began abusing him from the time he was in fifth grade until he was 29.

Fine, 66, was fired last November after the allegations, which he denied, became public.  He has not been charged.

A2005 probe by the school found no evidence of molestation.  But a recent report by a special committee of the board of trustees found that Syracuse made the mistake of treating the allegations like a human resource problem instead of a crime.

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