Federal agents search Fine's office at Syracuse

Feds' findings are under seal



SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Fed­er­al agents have searched the campus office of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine as part of the investigation of child molestation allegations against him, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the inquiry.

Fine’s office at the Car­melo K. Anthony Basketball Center was searched early Tuesday morning, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because it’s an ongoing investigation.

The U.S. Secret Service searched Fine’s house Fri­day.

Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, would not say what they sought or found there, saying it was under seal.

The warrant approving the search of his office also was sealed.

Three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, have accused Fine of molesting them as children. He has denied the allegations.

The university fired him Sunday after a third accuser went public and ESPN broadcast a 2002 audiotape, obtained and recorded by accuser Bobby Davis, of a conversation between Davis and a woman ESPN identified as Fine’s wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew “everything that went on.”

As the investigation continues, advocates for sex abuse victims have said Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim should resign or be fired for adamantly defending Fine and verbally disparaging the accusers.

University trustees have been instructed to refer all questions back to the university.

But some contacted by The Associated Press offered support for Boeheim and said there was no indication his job was in danger.



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