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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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:21 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

It doesn't matter how many people come forward. Bobby Davis, his butt buddy and Tomaselli are the biggest losers in this case. 

Bobby and his butt buddy are out to destroy Syracuse's reputation, and for money. They don't care about what happens to Bernie Fine.

And Tomaselli is a pedophile, and is in prison.

What a group of real winners.  

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:29 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

I would love to let it go...but every never ends. When we allow sick people to sue institutions for the reasons stated in this case, the davis case and the tomaselli case.....our country is over.  There is no hope for any business.  The next time I am arrested for solicitation, I'm blaming the DA for not policing the streets to save me from the abuse I am paying this lady for!(?)  And don't let me get going on Wal Mart.  They have a bunch of money and must have done something to cause me to be a violent offender.

Know what makes me violent....Bullcrap makes me violent.  Just sends me over the edge.  I wonder what in my life made me hate people like hatman.  There must be someone other than hatman to blame.  After all....he ain't got nothing.   Not the kind of money I am talking. caused this. Anyone got gloria's number?  Where's my wife...time for the set up.


Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:22 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Point is they just just keep comming out of the woodwork What was the convict waiting for why did he not tell no one. this whole accusing buisness is way out of control. NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:22 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Four decades ?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:13 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

This whole story is getting more ridiculus every single day. You don't have a continuing relationship with someone who abused you, especially when you become a so called adult where you get to say no. Am I hearing this right? Each of these men has said the abuse continued into adulthood and I simply do not buy it. At that point it becomes consent period. You folks may get angry and upset with me over that and that is your right but this whole situation is.... well, I can't even begin to find the words for it. One thing I do know is that I am sick of the whole thing and I mean all sides involved. Try to have a great day people.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:45 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

How does anyone hit the post button after typing....... the things that happened 40 years ago caused him to be a violent thief 30 years later.

Look kids....If Fine did some stuff....lets here it. But leave out the muff dive escapades 40 years later. If something happened at the turn of the century to you...bring it up. But don't blame the rest of your life on Syracuse because of it.

For all people who don't get it.  If Fine is guilty of something, lets fry his butt.  But fine giving bj's and getting bj's by 50 year old men isn't a SU thing.  It's a fine thing.   



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:33 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

What a dumb f'n thing to happen.  This is so far over the top, that only the most die hard liberal could find excuses for this guy and tomaselli.  Thankyou hatman.   You fall right into my first sentance and let me just say...What a dump f'n thing you said.   

According to VanHooser, he told police about three specific incidents in 1998, 2001 and this past summer when he allegedly performed a sex act on Fine in his office in exchange for money.  This POS is currently serving a 16 years in state prison as a "persistent violent felony offender" for a burglary spree earlier this year. He has 12 felony convictions, seven of which are considered violent felony convictions, on his record.

Note for self...don't suck a rod, cuase you will steal crap...violently.  I don't know what to do with my wife now.  She's been at it for years.  When she goes over the top...the world is in trouble cause she is gonna be one violent bitz.   

The abuse he recieved as a child lead to this behavior???   You are one sick puppy and no-one...I mean no one is safe from you.  No matter what happened 40 years ago, only a person trying to sue for money and to get out of trouble could find a case here.  Gloria will snag onto this one too.  And you hatman....she will be calling you.  

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:00 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

This is the definition of corrupting the morals of a minor.

And now the prosecution has there first juror. You are who they are looking for.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:03 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Boy at the very least Fine is guilty of keeping some bad company. I have to wonder if these four would have not alledgedly been sexually abused as teens if they would be in the situations they are in today. This is the definition of corrupting the morals of a minor.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

Uhh, that incident within the last year isn't molestation, it's prostitution. As previous poster said, how do these grown men keep getting molested by an elderly man?

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