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Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:32 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

CBSSports.com 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
Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

How does this joker warrant a 99 ranking CBS sports? Carliledevils, it is the FIRST amendment that relates to freedom of the press, the fourth amendment is protection against unreasonable search and seizure.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

So I see that ESPN is now reporting that Davis himself did report this to the police in 2002 and was told that the statute of limitaions had expired and that Fine could be arrested. Perhaps this is why they asked him to provide information on others that may have been molested. Obviously not quite turning out to be the smoking gun proving a cover up that some of you are apparently hoping for. Anything more to say on this Dynamofats?



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Please Dynamofats, enlighten us how your theory works? There is not enough information in this poorly written article to assertain a cover up. Again I'll say in case you didn't read my earlier comments, how is it that the police came to know about these allegations??? Lets start there and then at least you can let your imagination run wild.......



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

If Fine waasn't a coach under Boeheim that how exactly would Jim be asking for a favor?  The allegations as far as we know didn't start previously to Fine being fired.  And there is no evidence that it happened in his first, second, or third years after Fine became coach.  Everyone wants to tar and feather Boeheim (whom I have to admit I am partial to as my second favorite coach in college basketball), but the fact remains that there is absolutely zero proof that Jim had any knowledge of what some child molesting scumbag was doing off-campus.  Yes, the ball boy was reportedly on road trips with the team, but that doesn't imply in any shape that that was somehow a favor from Boeheim to Fine or anything lecivious at all.  If you have been to Syracuse, you would know that although a nice sized city isn't exacly Gotham.  It could very well been that the parents knew the coaches and since his son was affiliated with the team, they just decided to trust Fine.  Until anyone has one shred of proof that Boeheim had specific concrete knowledge of the situation, then Jim should get the presumption of innocence in such a serious allegation. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Iron City its folk like your fine self that give Moorans a bad name. I have not seen ANYWHERE that JOE PA or Jim Boeheim have been convicted any COURT OF LAW. Now the fine folks who print garbage have every right to (4 TH ammenement )freedom of the press. But do you actualy believe what you read in fact. I dont In most states the time limits on such crimes is 7 years. So read and Believe what you want.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

The Statute of Limitations ran on the state offense in 2002, which would have been the jurisdiction of the State of New York, but the federal Statute of Limitations extends to 10 years from the conduct.  If there were any indication that the feds had jurisdiction in the case, Duval should have referred the matter to them instead of dropping the ball.  That means if there appeared to be the use of the telephone in furtherance of the crime or if the perpetrator crossed state lines to commit the crime, Fine falls within the federal jurisdiction.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Hope you are right Lizard.



Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Looks to me like the cover up was done as a favor for Jim Boeheim not just for Fine as Fine was not a coach at SU when Dennis DuVal played there but Jim Boeheim was on staff as an assistant coach so he the one who knew DuVal! Just stating what it looks like, not saying thats what happened but thats how it looks to me! Pretty daming for Boeheim if this is true!



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Jim Boeheim and Joe Paterno should get together and start their own school. Pedophile Protector University



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

This article is garbage.  The Syracuse Post Standard is garbage. Giving credit to this news paper is like stepping 5 feet out out on a 4 foot plank.  If you dont think so, subscribe to it for a month a see for yourself.  Lets let someone with some legal authority investigate this and when the trial verdict or plea agreement comes in, then we can all happily pile on whichever side is found to be guilty so we can feel better about ourselves.  


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