3rd accuser comes forward in Bernie Fine case

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A third accuser has come forward in the investigation of child molestation allegations against an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University.

Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday that he told police that associate head coach Bernie Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

He said Fine touched him "multiple" times in that one incident.

The Post-Standard in Syracuse first reported his accusations earlier Sunday.

Tomaselli, who faces sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy, said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he signed an affidavit accusing Fine following a meeting with Syracuse police Wednesday in Albany.

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Two former Syracuse ball boys were the first to accuse Fine, who has denied the allegations.

Tomaselli's father maintains his son is lying.


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