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Feds won't charge ex-Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine

Prosecutors have ended a child-molestation investigation of ex-Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine won't be charged in the criminal investigation of child-molesting accusations federal prosecutors said Friday morning. Fine, 66, has denied all wrongdoing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Clymer filed court papers this morning saying it was over, eight days short of the one-year anniversary of the day that two former SU ball boys, Bobby Davis and stepbrother Mike Lang, accused Fine on national TV of molesting them decades ago when they were children.

Neither Fine nor anyone else will be charged, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan said.

“The nature and seriousness of these allegations, which involved conduct typically committed in private with individuals who are reluctant to come forward, warranted a thorough federal investigation,” U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said.

Syracuse fired Fine 10 days after the allegations became public Nov. 17, after assisting head coach Jim Boeheim for 35 years.

According to The Syracuse Post-Standard, Fine has turned into a recluse,  put his house up for sale, and suffered embarrassment at details of his marriage exposed during the investigation.

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