U.S. Attorney’s Office Closes Fine Investigation
The United States Attorney’s Office today announced that the year-long investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by a former Syracuse University basketball coach is now closed.
Attorney Richard Hartunian says that there is not enough evidence to bring federal criminal charges against Bernie Fine who was the Associate Head Coach of the SU Basketball program.
Last November, the U.S. Attorney’s Office was made aware of the allegations that Fine had engaged in sexual activity with underage males. An investigation was quickly sparked with help of the Syracuse Police, the U.S. Secret Service, and several other local and federal agencies.
In all, approximately 130 witnesses were interviewed and investigators examined over 100,000 pages of documents, including electronic mail messages, financial records, travel records, and other materials, as well as items seized during the execution of federal search warrants.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says the evidence would not be sufficient to sustain a conviction. However, they encourage people with relevant information that have not yet come forward, to call the tip line, 1-855-395-1106, or contact the U.S. Secret Service or the Syracuse Police Department.
Fine was removed from his coaching position by Syracuse University in November of 2011 amidst the allegations.