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4th Man Accuses Ex-Syracuse Coach Of Sexual Abuse

Bernie Fine (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Bernie Fine (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prison inmate has come forward with accusations that he was sexually molested by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine as a child, starting more than 40 years ago.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/ul8vdy) that 56-year-old Floyd VanHooser told the newspaper Wednesday that Fine began sexually abusing him when VanHooser was 14 years old.

He’s the fourth man to accuse Fine of sexual abuse. Fine was fired Nov. 27 after three men said he molested them when they were boys.

Fine has denied wrongdoing.

VanHooser is serving 16 years to life at Clinton state prison for repeatedly burglarizing Syracuse-area homes.

He told the newspaper Syracuse police interviewed him last month in prison.

VanHooser says he was orphaned before he was 13 and lived with Fine on and off for nearly 40 years.

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