Wife of 'Child Sex Abuser' Coach Dated One of His Alleged Victims

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basketballJoe Paterno ought to be ordering up a big bouquet of roses this week and sending them to one Laurie Fine. A nearly decade-old tape of Fine, wife of newly fired Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine, makes it sound like she's known for years that her husband was sexually abusing ball boys. And then there's her little secret that really blows Paterno's own lack of action in the child sex scandal at Penn State right out of the park!

The taped conversation between Laurie and Bobby Davis, one of several adult men accusing Bernie Fine of abusing them when they were just kids, includes the woman all but spelling out her belief that her husband was molesting kids over the years. Horrifying in and of itself, how about the reason she was so comfy chatting with Davis?

Why because he's her ex-boyfriend, of course! Davis told ESPN that the two had an affair when he was 18.

Um. Um. Um.

I understand Davis was 18 years old, and that's legal in New York State. But Laurie Fine met this guy via her husband when he was a kid. She was the wife of one of the Syracuse coaches when they met. She wasn't technically a teacher or a coach, but it's close enough to be extremely inappropriate. Plus, Davis was actually still in high school at the time of the alleged affair.

Let's keep going, shall we? Bobby wasn't just any kid. He was a kid who Laurie Fine thought her husband had sexually abused. And she proceeded to sleep with him ... while her husband was allegedly still abusing him?

Don't. Know. Where. To. Begin.

So let's take this from the top, shall we? The person who had the biggest chance to put a stop to the whole sick twisted alleged sex abuse scandal at one of the nation's top basketball programs seems to have been too wrapped up in her own bizarre world to do it. Laurie Fine certainly didn't put a stop to having kids stay at their house. And when there was an investigation into Bernie Fine being a molester back in 2005, she didn't help nail her husband to the wall.

It doesn't make Paterno or Mike McQueary's lack of action at Penn State any less reprehensible. But it looks like Laurie Fine just created a whole new category of failing kids.

Did Laurie Fine have a responsibility to act on this, even if she just "thought" Bernie "might" be abusing kids?

 

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Susie19 Susie19

Wow. How disappointing that she could have done something to help this poor kid and instead she abused him herself by getting sexually involved with him. This makes me very sad. :'(

Bridget Sampson Hudeck

Can we please stop saying that Joe Paterno took no action?  Move the fuck on.  What this lady did was DISGUSTING, she allowed this to happen.  Joe Paterno reported what he was told, to the man who was in charge of the police department.  That is not a lack of action.  Focus on the disgusting behavior of those who are actually guilty, and not those with the biggest names.

RLT2 RLT2

Somehow, as a mom, when another mom/woman abuses or fails kids-it just seems so much more devastating. I know it's not politically correct, but there ya go. I know many times it feels like if not for the women and moms in this world clubbing together to protect our kids, they'd have no protection at all. It makes me feel soooo much angrier and sadder when it's one of ours. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like shaking that sorry bitch and yelling at her: You know, we have a hard enough job keeping the rest of the predators away-without you helping them out(insert any and all foul names here)! Damn it! Okay-I'm done ranting now ;)

nonmember avatar KathyT.

Bridget, I couldn't disagree with you more. Paterno was complicit in years of child abuse and child rape. Granted, he was not the rapist, but he could have put a stop to it and he didn't. Why? To save Penn State's reputation. Now THAT'S disgusting.

Courtney Paige Neale

This article isn't even about Joe Paterno...............

Courtney Paige Neale

And Bernie Fine is a coach from a completely different school.......did you ladies miss that there is another coach, eh hem BERNIE FINE, being accused of molesting boys???

nonmember avatar KathyT.

Nope, Courtney, didn't miss that. I was just responding to Bridget's post above. And the author of the article does refer to Joe Paterno; in fact his name are the first words in the article.

Sara Joseph

Here's the main point ladies:


REPORT ANY AND ALL SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE TO THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.


Do not call your hubby or wife first, or your parents or your boss. Pick up the phone and call the police. Do not skink away when you see something bad happening, take action.


All of the adults involved in both of these scandals are responsible for the pain and emotional and physical damaged caused to those kids. And you wonder why we have 8, 9 and 10 year olds raping eachother? Keep your eyes open and repost abuse. Talk to your children and educate them.


 


 

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