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DA: Fine Accusers Credible But Statute Of Limitations Has Passed

Former assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A district attorney in upstate New York is praising two men for bringing accusations of sex abuse against a Syracuse University former assistant basketball coach.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick is also apologizing for not being able to bring charges against Bernie Fine because the statute of limitations has passed.

Bobby Davis and his step-brother Michael Lang have accused Fine of molesting them for years starting in the 1980s.

At a news conference, Fitzpatrick said: “Bobby, I’m sorry it took so long.” He’s praising Davis, saying he was “fighting for other kids.”

A third man has also accused Fine of abuse. Federal authorities are still investigating.

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