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Syracuse asst. basketball coach Bernie Fine fired following 3rd allegation of sex abuse

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 asst. basketball coach Bernie Fine fired following 3rd allegation of sex abuse
Bernie Fine
AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File

(CBS/AP) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday after a third man accused the 65-year-old of molesting him nine years ago.

"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, in a statement.

Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I.

Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday that he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He said Fine touched him "multiple" times in that one incident.

He was the third accuser to come forward in the investigation of child molestation allegations against Fine.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he supported the university's decision to fire his longtime assistant and expressed regret for his initial statements that might have been "insensitive to victims of abuse.

"The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling," Boeheim said in a statement released by the school. "I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged."

  • Crimesider Staff

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