DA comments stir reaction in ex-SU coach probe

MEGHAN BARR
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Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick addressed the media during a news conference about the Bernie Fine sexual abuse case in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine was recently fired for child sexual abuse allegations. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

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.