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Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:49 am
By Matt Norlander

We've yet to go five straight days without a new significant angle or twist in the Bernie Fine story, which is now more than a month old. The story keeps sprouting new legs, as new claims come forward, lawsuits get filed and the investigation of Fine continues to run its course on a federal level.

The Post-Standard published a story Thursday that details the claims of an alleged new victim, the fourth one to publicly state he was sexually molested by Bernie Fine. He's also the oldest of the four alleged victims, and so his story dates back further than any previous ones -- all the way to 1969, well before Fine was a coach at Syracuse.
Floyd VanHooser, who celebrated his 56th birthday Tuesday behind the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, says Fine began sexually abusing him when VanHooser was 14 years old, in 1969. The Syracuse man, who is serving 16 years to life for repeatedly burglarizing homes in Central New York, told The Post-Standard Wednesday in an hourlong prison interview that the fired SU coach took him in as an orphan and sexually abused him. VanHooser’s parents both died before he was 13 years old. VanHooser said he lived with Fine on and off for nearly 40 years.
VanHooser was interviewed by police last month in prison, he told the newspaper, well before he knew anything of this case.

The details of what Fine allegedly had VanHooser do are skeevy (easy to find in the Post-Standard's story linked above), but remember, this is coming from a man currently in the clink. His story is his story, and it's all just allegations right now. What's more, the statute of limitations, like it did with Mike Davis and Bobby Lang, has long since passed for VanHooser in this case if most of his stories are in fact true.

However, VanHooser maintains the sexual behavior on behalf of Fine lasted for four decades. Davis has also said he took repeated abuse in the '80s and '90s from Fine. The most shocking thing about the story: VanHooser said Fine "pressured" him to perform sexual acts this year in exchange for money ($300). That happened this past summer at Fine's on-campus office, according to VanHooser. Fine was fired from Syracuse Nov. 27. If somehow true, a game-changer, as it could allow local action and a re-opening of the case against Fine.

Fine has maintained his innocence from the start and was freed of all possible local charges on Dec. 7. VanHooser's claims were downplayed/tossed aside by Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who didn't find them reputable, unlike those of Davis and Lang, who filed a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse and Jim Boeheim this week. Victim No. 3, Zach Tomaselli, filed a lawsuit against Fine last week.

"There simply is no victim No. 4," Fitzpatrick said on Dec. 7, vaguely referring to VanHooser's claims.

VanHooser was indicted this year on eight counts of burglary and petit larceny for breaking into four homes, according to The Post-Standard. He is serving 16-to-life.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:10 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

This is starting to get  ridiculous.  Is everyone trying to get on the law suit bandwagon?  Sheesh. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:14 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

I totally agree with the wacko's coming out of the woodwork. When the Penn State stuff hit the media I told my dad that this stuff will be going on for years and years. Not because of the original charges but sorting out the rest that make claims to find out which are being truthful and which are looking for a payday. Probably the same  is going happen at Syracuse and many other places we haven't even heard about.

Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:01 am

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

This is such a screwed up world we live in!!!!


Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:07 am

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

All the wackos who want (A) money and (B) publicity are crawling out of the woodwork now. I can see it next week when some drug dealer in prison says he never met Fine but is sure he was molested as well.

It's all about the $$$

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:36 am

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

This is such a screwed up world we live in!!!!

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:31 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

ditto Tomahaha...we are supposed to believe convicted they dont have an ax to grind? Okay so Bernie is guilty but the child molester who accuses him is a fine upstanding citizen? Say again? And to add insult to injury that viper Gloria Elfred is defending the brothers. What a surprise. If I had been at that press conference I can tell you when she was asked who should be fired at Syracuse she said it was left up to them immediately after she villifies Jim Boeheim...I would have said you are flipping right it is up to them not some high price attorney who is no better than an ambulance chaser. It is NOT her business or anyone else's for that matter what Syracuse does or does not decide about the status of JB's job. And by the way he has NOT been convicted of anything yet..last time I checked it was innocent until....I would have reacted the same way JB did when this story broke and for the record it is ALL about the money despite what they or Gloria says. Come on how stupid do they think we are? Every single one of the victims in the Sandusky case has a lawyer. The Commonwealth represents them but still every one has a civil lawyer. Just saying. And it is telling by the NOT objective media that the mention of the latest one to come forward is a felon does get as much press as the fact he came forward at all. Tells you everything you need to know.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:33 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Hatman...I read through everything...and man...I am sorry for going off...calling you out like that.  Any excuse I bring up would be shallow, so I won't bore you with anything other than, I had no right to jump on you.

To answer a couple of your questions...I'm no way associated with SU other than being a fan.  I didn't even go to college, much less for sure I'm not a lawyer.  About being blind due to being a over zealous fan...nah...but to explain from here would take me into all those excuses of why I went over the edge last night.  And its still weak, so....good luck to you moving forward.   

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:40 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Lovie Smith should be fired for going into his prevent defense against a qb who had completed only 1 of his last 12 passes and then not taking a knee three times and punting the ball away with less than 20 seconds on the clock. Also for calling a defense to cover the middle of the field and allowing a sideline pattern to a team with no timeouts. 

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Tomahama - Lovie Smith hasn't said anything publicly supporting Sam Hurd or attacking the feds that arrested him.  Not even in the same ballpark.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

he was only 55 when the supposed bj took place, maybe a bit less revolting? ...nahhh, probably not

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