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BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

It was a case of he said - he said.  But now, one man admits -- he lied. Since November a total of four men have brought child molestation charges against former Syracuse men’s basketball assistant Bernie Fine.

 

Now — one of the accusers, Zach Tomaselli, is taking it back.  ESPN has the details.    

“Zach Tomaselli, one of the men who accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse says he’s been lying the past few months and he was not abused by Fine.”

Tomaselli was sentenced Wednesday to three years and three months in prison for molesting a 13-year-old boy attending the summer camp where Tomaselli worked. Sporting News reports he now claims he was pressed to tell the lie by another of Fine’s accusers.

“Tomaselli admitted that Bobby Davis, a fellow Fine-accuser and former Syracuse ball boy, told him what to tell detectives because Tomaselli’s case was the only one of the three to fall within the statute of limitations.”

So, why tell the truth now? In an e-mail to CNYCentral Tomaselli wrote...

 

“It was a game to me.  It was fun trying to make this story come alive ... [Anchor: Adding] I never even met Bernie Fine.”

Tomaselli now becomes the second of Fine’s four accusers to change his initial story.  

Last November, Floyd VanHooser, who is currently serving 16 years to life on unrelated robbery charges, accused Fine of molesting him for the duration of his teens.  But in January, he said he made it all up to get back at Fine for not hiring him a lawyer before he was sentenced.

On Friday, Davis told ESPN he never colluded with Tomaselli saying, “I just spoke to him a couple minutes. There were like two phone calls between us and they lasted a total of three to four minutes.”

Fine’s remaining two accusers, 40-year-old Bobby Davis and his stepbrother 45-year-old Michael Lang, continue to claim they were abused by the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach.  They are suing Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who publicly accused them of making up the story.

Tomaselli Becomes Second Fine Accuser to Recant his Story

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Apr 14, 2012

Tomaselli Becomes Second Fine Accuser to Recant his Story

(Image Source - Business Insider)

 

BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

It was a case of he said - he said.  But now, one man admits -- he lied. Since November a total of four men have brought child molestation charges against former Syracuse men’s basketball assistant Bernie Fine.

 

Now — one of the accusers, Zach Tomaselli, is taking it back.  ESPN has the details.    

“Zach Tomaselli, one of the men who accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse says he’s been lying the past few months and he was not abused by Fine.”

Tomaselli was sentenced Wednesday to three years and three months in prison for molesting a 13-year-old boy attending the summer camp where Tomaselli worked. Sporting News reports he now claims he was pressed to tell the lie by another of Fine’s accusers.

“Tomaselli admitted that Bobby Davis, a fellow Fine-accuser and former Syracuse ball boy, told him what to tell detectives because Tomaselli’s case was the only one of the three to fall within the statute of limitations.”

So, why tell the truth now? In an e-mail to CNYCentral Tomaselli wrote...

 

“It was a game to me.  It was fun trying to make this story come alive ... [Anchor: Adding] I never even met Bernie Fine.”

Tomaselli now becomes the second of Fine’s four accusers to change his initial story.  

Last November, Floyd VanHooser, who is currently serving 16 years to life on unrelated robbery charges, accused Fine of molesting him for the duration of his teens.  But in January, he said he made it all up to get back at Fine for not hiring him a lawyer before he was sentenced.

On Friday, Davis told ESPN he never colluded with Tomaselli saying, “I just spoke to him a couple minutes. There were like two phone calls between us and they lasted a total of three to four minutes.”

Fine’s remaining two accusers, 40-year-old Bobby Davis and his stepbrother 45-year-old Michael Lang, continue to claim they were abused by the former Syracuse assistant basketball coach.  They are suing Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who publicly accused them of making up the story.

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