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Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:32 pm
By Matt Norlander Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale checks in from the Salt City with the following:

"Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said former chief Dennis DuVal knew about sexual abuse allegations against Bernie Fine back in [May or June] 2002.

'The Syracuse Police chief at that time, Dennis DuVal, was made aware of the allegations against Bernie Fine. Due to the fact that no investigation was started, detectives didn’t prepare any formal reports.'"

Yeah, that's huge. And possibly very, very corrupt. What makes it so frustrating -- and seemingly wrong -- is DuVal played at Syracuse from 1972 to 1974. It looks like he may have protected Fine by way of inaction.

The Post-Standard has also been on this story, and been doing great work every day since it broke, and it has more.
DuVal, who played for SU from 1972 to 1974, refused to answer any questions Monday when contacted by a Post-Standard reporter. He wouldn’t say whether he was aware of the accusations in 2002, nor whether he’d talked to any law enforcement offcials in the past two weeks, when Davis’ allegations became public. When he reached by phone Monday, DuVal said, "I’m not going to talk to you about it. I hope you respect that. It’s been a long time. I’m not going to get into a discussion about that. Not gonna happen."
No denial, just cowering. Not a good look for him, for Fine, for the Syracuse City Police that was run under him earlier last decade. It should be noted: DuVal left the program two years before Fine officially became an assistant under Jim Boeheim. DuVal retired from the SUPD in 2004.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office is currently looking into any past history with this case and what was reported to police -- even if that information didn't go beyond that. This is a relatively large, new piece of information that Fowler is coming forth with.

"[Detective Doug] Fox notified his supervisor in the Abused Persons Unit and it was decided that unless the victim met with the detective or the victim was able to provide names of other victims, then an investigation would not be initiated," Fowler said in his statement. "The Syracuse Police chief at that time, Dennis DuVal, was made aware of the allegations against Bernie Fine. Due to the fact that no investigation was started, Det. Fox did not prepare any formal reports."

There are more details that Fowler came forth with, and again, the Post-Standard lays them out for you, including the anecdote that Davis did not tell Det. Fox that it was Fine who abused him. The story has a lot of gray area, still, in terms of who knew what when and how up front everyone was with the information. It's beginning to look like this case will never be able to get tied down in each area where questions remain.

Photo via Post-Standard

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:05 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

I heard Boeheim was in on the child rape in the hotel. Sick stuff.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:03 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

This is just as big a cover up as PSU. One question, when Boeheim walked in on Fine and. The boy did he join in? He hasn't denied it...

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:13 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

anyone who thinks that duval did not pass the 2002 info on fine to jim boeheim has their head buried under a large pile of rocks.  boeheim was an assistant coach during duval's stint at syracuse.  the culture pretty much dictates that boeheim would have been told.  it's safe to say that jim told fine that he was accused of being a diddler and if true to knock it off because the past was safe.  fine has proved that he was a bad risk.  boeheim took a risk at protecting fine that backfired.  he should go now in that it is only going to get worse.  duval will talk when he has to then boeheim will be finished.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:19 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

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Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:15 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

molesting kids is a very serious offense. it's disappointing to see you equate it with verbally supporting a coach who made an ill-advised and insensitive, however well-intentioned remark - a remark for which he has already apologized for making.  it's upsetting to see you suggest that anyone still supporting Boeheim or the Syracuse program is as bad a someone who molests children.  molesting children is such a heinous crime it should be taken very seriously, and not something that should be used and taken advantage of to score quick gotcha points against a team you don't happen to like.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:27 am

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

It might help if the accusers could get their stories straight.

From the NY Daily News: "The third accuser, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli said in a sworn statement to Syracuse police that he rode the team bus from Syracuse to a game in Pittsburgh in 2002 and was molested by Fine in the team hotel when he was just 13 years old. But the Daily News checked the schedule for that season and discovered the team did not take a bus to Pittsburgh, but instead flew to Pittsburgh after a road game in Tennessee."

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:16 am

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Read CBS's latest front page article "Boeheim: we'll see what happened "on my watch".
CBS shows in it's latest article that this article is senseless because there was nothing that Dennis Duval could have done because the statute of limitations HAD expired.  In fact the detective told Davis this and told him that if he knew of anyone who Fine molested recently to let him know and then they could investigate.  Davis never got back to him, therefore no investigation.

This article about Duval is a journalistic joke for the reasons stated above and is implying a cover up what is total BS!  A the later article states there was nothing Duval could have done!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:50 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Anyone defending Boeheim or the 'cuse program can consider themselves "Chesters" from this point on.  And 'EVIAN'.......spelled backwards.  You guys are laughable to think for a second Boeheim had no knowledge of this or of his boy Bernie.  Hey I've got some beachfront property in vegas if you are interested!  BAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:07 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Totally agree Tomahaha...and good for the Syracuse powersthatbe who arent, at least for now, firing Jim Boeheim. He knows and apologized for, his remarks and I have to admit when I first heard about this I thought the same thing he the wake of the Penn State scandal now victims are coming out of the woodwork and for anyone who says no one would ever falsely accuse someone of that crime, they are the new and improved Pollyanna. Of course they do. Happens all the time. Once he knew the full story he apologized but how many of you can honestly say if he was a close friend of yours, it was years ago, you didnt witness any such activity and the current sex scandal of Penn State going on and you wouldnt have second thoughts about the situation especially since it had already been investigated years ago and proved to be unfounded accusations. Come on. I have a legal background but it doesnt take much to connect the dots. Everybody jump on the moral outrage bandwagon and just fire anyone within earshot...good grief. What are you guys a lynch mob?

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:01 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

The majority of the catholic population lives in the Northeast part of the United States.  This is not surprising that the PSU scandal brought forward other victims.  I fully expect other organizations to have people come forward.  It is a shame but at least now we can get past the good ole boy cover-ups.  

The Orangemen of SU now look pretty stupid for paying tribute to Mr Fine now.

Hopefully some people get fired over this one.  I think the basketball program should get a new coach at SU.


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