Skip to content

Bernie Fine accuser sentenced to 3 years in prison for sex crime

Apr 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

spt-111117-bernie-fine AP

Zach Tomaselli, one of the men who accused former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of sexual abuse, has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli pleaded guilty in December as part of a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced on Wednesday in Auburn, Maine.

In addition to jail time, the sentence will include six years of probation and additional sex offender counseling, reports the Associated Press. If those terms are violated, Tomaselli would risk returning to prison for an additional eight years and nine months.

Fine was fired from his assistant coaching position in late November after allegations came from four men who claimed Fine had abused them when they were boys. He coached at Syracuse for 36 seasons and was not charged in the case.

Tomaselli claims that Fine molested him in 2002, while Syracuse was playing a road game in Pittsburgh.

Tomaselli’s accusations were the only statements that fall under the statute of limitations. Floyd David VanHooser, another of the four men who accused Fine, has recanted.

As the Associated Press reports, “Tomaselli has admitted doctoring emails from police and about his school attendance records and lying to reporters to bolster his claims against Fine.”

Click here to read the full report.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Latest Posts
  1. Arnaud William Adala Moto to transfer from Wake Forest

    Apr 23, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Maryland Wake Forest v Maryland

    Adala Moto was a top 150 recruit in the class of 2012.

  2. Arizona-signee Kadeem Allen named JuCo Player of the Year

    Apr 23, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

    AP Photo AP Photo

    Allen will be one of the keys to Arizona’s season. Click to see why.

  3. Julius Randle visits with the Dan Patrick Show (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

    AP Photo AP Photo

    Randle talks favorite NBA players and the one-and-done rule.

  4. Alex Poythress is returning to Kentucky for his junior year

    Apr 23, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    poythress2 Getty Images

    Kentucky got some good news on Wednesday afternoon.

  5. Report: UTEP head coach Tim Floyd emerges as a candidate for Missouri job

    Apr 22, 2014, 11:08 PM EDT

    AP AP

    The UTEP coach is now a candidate to replace Frank Haith at Missouri.

  6. Former Marquette commit Marial Shayok picks Virginia

    Apr 22, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    AP AP

    Virginia got its fourth commit on Tuesday night.

  7. UConn’s journey to the 2014 National Title (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

    UConn AP

    A look back on UConn’s second title in four years.

  8. Southern and head coach Roman Banks agree to new deal

    Apr 22, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    The Southern coach is receiving a contract extension.

  9. Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd practices with football team

    Apr 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    AP AP

    Loyd is converting from point guard to wide receiver.

  10. John Egbunu becomes fifth player to transfer from South Florida

    Apr 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Getty Images Getty Images

    The Bulls announced the fifth departure this spring.

  11. Andrew Wiggins is the most searched athlete in Kansas … and Kentucky

    Apr 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    AP AP

    Andrew Wiggins is the most searched athlete in two states, according to a recent study.

  12. Auburn will not appeal Bruce Pearl’s show-cause penalty

    Apr 22, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

    AP Photo AP

    Auburn will accept the punishment that has been given to Pearl by the NCAA.

  13. Kentucky freshman Julius Randle entering NBA Draft

    Apr 22, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

    AP Photo AP

    Kentucky is still waiting for a decision from four players.

  14. Report: Illinois forward Darius Paul arrested

    Apr 22, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

    ILLINOIS_WALLMARX_LOGO-220x300

    Darius is the younger brother of former Illini guard Brandon Paul.

  15. ACC’s league schedule highlights the flaws of massive power conferences

    Apr 22, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

    spt-110919-acc-logo

    The ACC schedule is what happens when leagues get too big.

  16. Mixtape for Ivan Rabb, the No. 2 recruit in the country (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

    Ivan Rabb is the best big man in a loaded class of bigs, according to Rivals.

Featured video

Derrick Gordon says 'Why not me?'