- Associated Press - Thursday, December 8, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A victims’ advocate says he’ll call for changes in state laws the day after a New York district attorney said it’s too late to investigate two men’s claims of sexual abuse against ex-Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

Rev. Robert Hoatson says New York must change statute of limitation laws in sexual abuse cases.

A third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, says he’ll be in Pittsburgh to file a civil lawsuit against Fine for abuse he says happened in 2002.

Bobby Davis and Michael Lang say Fine molested them when they were boys in the 1980s. The statute of limitations expired five years after the alleged abuse occurred.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is investigating because Tomaselli’s claim falls within federal statutes of limitations.

Fine, who was fired, has denied the claims.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Many of the key names in the sex abuse investigation of ex-Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine are well-known by now: Bobby Davis, Michael Lang, Zach Tomaselli.

All three say they were molested by Fine when they were boys. Two, Davis and Lang, were ballboys for the team.

On Wednesday, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said he believes Davis and Lang were abused by Fine. He said some records may call into question Tomaselli’s account that he was abused by Fine.

The DA said the statute of limitations has expired on the Davis and Lang accusations. Tomaselli’s claims are within the federal statute of limitations.

Fitzpatrick lashed out at Fine and added other names to the list of what he says are victims: Fine’s longtime friend, Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim, the university and the city.

“Hasn’t Bernie Fine caused enough pain in this community?” Fitzpatrick said.

Davis went to the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper in 2002 and ESPN in 2003; neither media outlet could corroborate his claims. He went to the police, too, in 2002, and a detective told him the statute of limitations had expired. Three years later, he went to the university; Syracuse had its lawyers do an internal investigation and says it, too, couldn’t verify Davis‘ accusations.

Then, on Nov. 17, with the country still caught up in the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, where a former assistant football coach is accused of molesting 10 boys, Davis came forward on ESPN. Then Lang came forward. Ten days later, Tomaselli spoke out. That day, Nov. 27, ESPN aired a tape in which a woman it identified as Fine’s wife tells Davis she knew “everything” that was going on.

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