Updated 11/29/2011 09:24 PM
Pastor contacted by fourth accuser in Bernie Fine case
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's Father Bob Hoatson's second visit to Syracuse in a week and a half. This time, he had a low profile, coming alone with nothing but a sign and a dark overcoat to keep out the rain.
But Father Hoatson had something new and surprising to say: That after his protest supporting the alleged victims of Bernie Fine last week, another, a man in Central New York, may have surfaced.
"I received a phone call. Someone said they had seen us on some sort of coverage and indeed it had happened to a member of their family. The story is compelling. The story is poignant," Hoatson said.
Hoatson says the family has been in contact with Syracuse police, although neither police nor the U.S. Attorney's office would confirm that.
Hoatson said, “So there are four victims. And I think there are more victims out there. So we want people to know there are people who will support them.”
Someone Father Hoatson says hasn't supported the victims is Head Coach Jim Boeheim, who initially defended Fine and accused alleged victims Bobby Davis and Michael Lang of lying and looking for money. But Boeheim has since changed his story, saying this weekend after Fine's firing that he regrets those statements and is encouraging potential victims and people with information to come forward.
Father Hoatson says Boeheim should resign. But Chancellor Nancy Cantor says she supports the coach.
"Coach Boeheim is our coach. He's getting the team ready tonight. We're pleased with what he said Sunday night. And we stand by it," Cantor said.
"The investigation by the feds has really just begun. So for her to say he's our coach, you know, only inflames the atmosphere around the victims," Hoatson said.
Right now, Father Hoatson is an army of one, up against an army of Orange. And he knows it. He says the Syracuse community has been slow to embrace the victims. But he says he's hoping the truth will come out in the investigation and change all that.