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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: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Hey Joe, perhaps later on tonight we'll get a clarification from CBS saying something to the effect that "there wasn't an investigation because the statute of limitation had run out". Hehe, what a bunch of lame reporters we have here.....



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

But there wasn't an investigation because the statute of limitations had run out.-correct???



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

I'm not a detective, but wouldn't it be standard procedure not to investigate an allegation of this nature without a "victim" lodging a complaint and being interviewed??? What is completely unclear is how the police were informed about this allegation. Did it come from Davis who than became  uncooperative? Was it someone else who reported it to the police? Come on CBS, can you for once fill in the most important part of this story? Seems to me it is pretty critical to the merit of this information who reported it. Not surprised that such a central piece to this story is missing.....



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Boeheim's problem is not that he covered anything up because by all accounts so far, he didn't know anything.  Boeheim's problem is that he called out the accusors as liars who are after money.  That could be interpreted as witness intimidation if it had the effect of preventing people from coming forward.  It is one thing to defend a friend and coworker if feel loyal to them and don't believe the accusations but it is another thing to start attacking potential witnesses and victims. 

I am not saying he should be fired or not as my opinion doesn't matter but I don't think that repeatedly attacking the accuser in the media is a smart thing to do.




Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Please learn how to write...multiple grammatical errors which discredits your point.




Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

So, we have someone here actually claiming a head coach is responsible for EVERYTHING that happens. So if an assistant coach gets a DUI, then the head coach should be fired? An assistant coach cheats on his wife, the head coach should be fired? C'mon, if you can prove Boeheim KNEW something and covered it up, fire him! If you can somehow prove he should have known about this and it was a lack of oversight, then fine, fire him. But he is (so far) guilty of absolutely NOTHING. He in no way knew about this or had any way of knowing what was happening, even the 3rd accuser says Boeheim knew NOTHING...but here we have people saying he should be fired!?



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

Has to do with third accuser stating Fine molested him in Pittsburgh...meanimng hge brought him across state lines..thats why feds get involved....



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:19 pm
 

After reading this, I agree --Boeheim goes

Now, there can be no saying that you "did not know about it," right?  If he knew of it, and had investigated it, then it would have ended there.  The head coach is ultimately resonsible for what happens in his program.  If he did not know, then he should have known.  No excuses --he resigns or he gets fired. 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

now THIS information is finally real "news" and it swhould surprise no one that things were covered up. But as far as this goes, we still have absolutely nothing new to even suggest Boeheim be fired, yet we hear it more and more. Things are being uncovered and should we find Boeheim knew about this and did nothing about it (ala Joe Paterno) then most certainly can him, until then I would suggest such comments be curtailed until we can find any guilt, so far there is NONE (vs Boeheim that is of course)



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

For top athletes from around the country to be lured to a snowbound dump like Syracuse when they have much more attractive alternatives, "special accomodations" have to be provided. It's well known in Syracuse that Boeheim's boys receive very special treatment when it comes to admissions, grades and, apparently legal matters. It's a very big rug that Boeheim has always enjoyed for sweeping things under, with help from many sources including, it seems the police chief. Boeheim isn't the big name nationally that Paterno is, but he's a big man in little Syracuse. Power rules.


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