Lawyers for Bobby Davis, the former Syracuse University ball boy who has accused Bernie Fine of sexually abusing him, are calling on the New York State Attorney General to open an investigation into the case. YNN’s Erin Clarke has been following the case and has more.
NEW YORK STATE -- At a press conference in New York City, Bobby Davis and Gloria Allred read a letter to be delivered to the New York Attorney General asking that he investigate the university's compliance of a federal disclosure law.
Allred and Davis say Syracuse University and its employees violated the Jeanne Clery Act which requires colleges and universities that receive federal funds to annually report and accurately break down crimes committed and alleged to have happened on campus.
"As Syracuse University's own attorneys indicate in their so called report of a 2005 investigation, that's investigation in quotes, an SU attorney concluded that Boeheim knew of Bobby's allegations against Fine as early as 2002. Further despite the fact that coaches are required reporters under the Clery Act it appears that Boeheim never reported the allegations to the university or to the police, nor does it appear that he sought to have the allegations included in the university's annual report in 2002 or any year thereafter," Allred said.
"It seemed to me that SU was more concerned with protecting itself than it was in protecting children who are under the supervision of SU employees. A college should never care more about protecting its reputation than it does about protecting children from child sexual abuse," said Davis.
It should be noted that Allred and Davis do not think that Jim Boeheim is the only SU employee who failed to meet Clery Act obligations. Strength coach Mike Hopkins and Chancellor Nancy Cantor are also mentioned.
Allred and Davis believe that a full investigation would shed light on SU's alleged failures and ask that the university be penalized and steps be to taken to ensure compliance with the Clery Act in the future.
In response to the allegations, University Spokesman Kevin Quinn referred us to a July 5th Post Standard article in which the University Trustee Special Committee indicated that the Davis allegations did not fall within the reporting requirement of the Clery Act.