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Zach Tomaselli reportedly admits lying, and ‘never met Bernie Fine in my life’

Apr 13, 2012, 12:33 AM EST

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A day after being sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine, Zach Tomaselli admitted he lied about his role in the Bernie Fine sexually molestation case.

Tomaselli, 23, told Michael Benny of CNYCentral.com that he “never met Bernie Fine in my life” and fabricated his role in the allegations against the former Syracuse men’s basketball assistant.

I am sick of it. I lied. End of story … I am a sociopath,” Tomaselli wrote in an email to Benny. He had claimed that Fine molested him in Pittsburgh in 2002.

Tomaselli had admitted doctoring emails from police and about his school attendance records.

More on the Bernie Fine case

Tomaselli’s allegation was the only one that fell within the statute of limitations that would’ve allowed a case against Fine, who was fired by the school in November. Now, only Bobby Davis and Mike Lang remain among the four men who claimed Fine sexually abused them.

Fine has denied the allegations all along.

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  1. protectthishouse54 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    You may have missed the most damning part of all of this: “Bobby Davis told me what to tell detectives and it pretty much took off from there.” And who put them in contact? Mark Schwartz at the four letter network. I’d like to hear his take, but I’m sure they’re too busy ignoring this.

    In the end, it may be true that Bernie Fine is innocent. Gay and twisted, but innocent. And the fact that an innocent man can have his life so recklessly ruined is a disgrace.

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Fine needs to start suing some people and ESPN for defamation of character. Its disgusting that they ruined his life.

  3. sullivdr - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Bernie: go on take the money and run……

  4. jimbo75025 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    protectthishouse54 – Apr 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    In the end, it may be true that Bernie Fine is innocent. Gay and twisted, but innocent. And the fact that an innocent man can have his life so recklessly ruined is a disgrace.

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    Yup. I may not agree with the lifestyle of Fine, but did he do anything criminal here-I highly, highly doubt it. All a part of the witch hunt after the Penn State affair became public.

    This Tomasselli guy is a joke-convicted of child molestation then helps ruin a guys life becaue his team was beaten in a game. Double or triple this guys sentence.

    Oh well, at least Fine will have some good ammo to sue ESPN.

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