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Alleged Bernie Fine victim speaks

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Since SU fired Brenie Fine, his alleged victims have gone public saying they appreciate the action by the university. But they aren't saying much else right now. Our Kat De Maria visited the home of Michael Lang Monday and had a rare opportunity to speak with him.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When we first approached Mike Lang, he told us he wanted to be left alone to give the police the opportunity to do their job continuing to investigate Bernie Fine.

Lang was polite with us though and told us things have been hard for him and his brother, Bobby Davis, since they went public a couple of weeks ago.

Lang's home has a lot of visible SU memorabilia and he invited us inside to see some of it. He has autographs, including recent ones, and even photos from games from the past few years.

He says he's still very much a Syracuse fan, just not a fan of Bernie Fine anymore. He says Fine should have been fired and was. But Lang says he and Davis don't want to say too much more until the investigation matures. And our legal expert says that could be awhile.

"There was a search warrant executed. Those computers, cell phones can now be examined. That can take time. Because of the third victim coming forward, there are now new allegations to investigate. A significant development here is having an accusation that may fall within a period of prosecution, in other words, within the statute of limitations,” legal expert Paul DerOhannesian said.

As for the investigation, that's being led now by the U.S. Attorney's office. Syracuse police and the Onondaga County District Attorney's office remain involved. And we've just learned police will hand over what they have pertinent to the Bernie Fine investigation to the District Attorney, avoiding a court showdown which was scheduled for Tuesday.

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