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Syracuse Scandal Update

Accuser of assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine admits lying. Via the Post-Standard of Syracuse:

The fourth man to accuse former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexually molesting him said Friday that he lied and Fine never abused him as a child.

State prison inmate Floyd “David” VanHooser said he lied to police and news reporters to get back at the coach who helped raise him because Fine did not hire a lawyer for him to fight his most recent criminal conviction.

VanHooser, 56, told two Syracuse police detectives in late November that Fine began molesting him when he was 14 or 15 years old and the sexual contact continued until last summer. VanHooser told The Post-Standard the same story in interviews at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on Dec. 14 and Dec. 20.

On Thursday, The Post-Standard received copies of two letters dated Nov. 29 that VanHooser wrote and mailed to Fine that say VanHooser lied. One letter is addressed to Fine and the other “To whom it may concern.”

“In a statement I gave I told a lot of lies about Bernie Fine. None of what I said was true,” VanHooser wrote. “Bernie has been nothing but good to me over the years. He was the only thing I had close to a father. He never did any thing wrong he is a good man.”

The rest here.


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