DA: Syracuse statute of limitations has passed

By MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York prosecutor says he cannot bring charges against a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach but find that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.

A federal probe is ongoing into the accusations against fired coach Bernie Fine, but Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says he won't pursue a state case.

Three men have accused Fine of molesting them when they were boys.

The claims once threatened the career of Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim who at first defended his long-time assistant and said the accusations were about making money. Victims' advocates called for him to resign; he later apologized to the accusers.

Accusations from two former ballboys happened too long ago to be
prosecuted.

Fine has denied the abuse allegations. He was fired Nov. 27.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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