I'll be up front. I believe Bernie Fine is innocent. I believe that his accusers are delusional attention seekers looking for a payday in a time when the public is outraged against the sexual abuse of children more than it normally is. That being said, there are a couple of things that bug me about the case.
1) The statute of limitations. If this article is accurate (sorry, ESPN again), then when Davis went to police in 2003, the statute of limitations had not expired. According to the article, the limit is 5 years after the last instance of abuse. Davis claimed to be abused until he was 27. He would have been 31 at the time of the report. So, if it's true that Davis was rebuffed for that reason, the SPD was wrong at best and engaging in some sort fo cover up at worst.
2) The internal investigation. To me, internal investigations of all kinds reek of cronyism and cover ups. I tend to agree with most of the comments on this TNIAAM fans post that the DA office's job is to investigate further once the PD has determined that there is enough evidence to charge somone. To demand , or even expect, that the DA be informed prior to that point is unreasonable. But if you're Syracuse University, how are you comfortable leaving such a matter in the hands of a private, internal investigation? I don't question the integrity of enyone involved, but I just don't like the looks of it.