A third man has come forward to accuse Syracuse basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse. The first two men were molested more than 10 years ago which meant prosecutors could not file charges against Fine however the third man, Zach Tomaselli, 23, says he was molested just 9 years ago.
According to Tomaselli the basketball coach was introduced to him by Tomaselli’s father and was then invited to watch a road game when he was just 13 years old. According to Tomaselli Bernie Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel room where they traveled for the away game.
The Post-Standard also reveals in a twist that Tomaselli is currently being brought up on sexual assault charges himself after he acted inappropriately with a 14-year-old boy.
Fighting against this newest claim is Tomaselli’s own father who says his son concocted the Bernie Fine story while also pointing out that there is no eye-witnesses or evidence involving the alleged crime.
Writing on his Facebook page Tomaselli says he stepped forward because:
“I wanted to announce this to encourage all sex abuse victims to come forward as tough as it is because we can stop other kids from this abuse.”
In the meantime District attorney William Fitzpatrick has waged a war against Syracuse police and police chief Frank Fowler who he says botched an initial Bernie Fine investigation in 2002 and then worked to sabotage the current investigation into new molestation accusations against the Universities assistant coach.
Whether or not Tomaselli’s recent allegation will move forward is still not known.
We have reached out to Mr. Fine for his reaction but have not received a response at this time.