Syracuse Sex Scandal: Third Accuser Comes Forward with Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Asst Syracuse Basketball Coach Bernie Fine
NOT A VERY GOOD WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S …
First the weekend began with assistant Syracuse Orangeman basketball coach Bernie Fine had his home searched by the police and the US Secret Service. Now we learn that a third accuser has come forward and made allegations of sexual abuse against Bernie Fine.
A third accuser has come forward claiming Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused him as a child, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported Sunday.
The newest accusation prompted police to search Fine’s home on Friday, according to the newspaper.
Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told police last week that he was molested by Fine when he was 13 years-old inside a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002, the night before Syracuse’s game against the University of Pittsburgh.
However, these accusations by Tomaselli seem a bit slim when one considers that he is presently facing his own sexual assault charges in Maine with a 14 year old boy. Also, Tomaselli says that no one witnessed his alleged abuses and that he had no physical evidence to support his claim. In other words, it is pure allegations with no substance. However, it was enough for the feds to search Fine’s home.
Tomaselli, who is reportedly facing sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy, said he signed a police affidavit Wednesday.
Tomaselli said no one witnessed the alleged abuse and that he has no physical evidence to support his claim. His estranged father, Fred Tomaselli, claims his son is lying.
But the allegations were enough to prompt a police search of Fine’s home for more than seven hours Friday, the newspaper reports, with the U.S. Secret Service, Syracuse Police and New York State Police involved. Authorities took photographs, looked through trash cans and removed three filing cabinets from the 65-year-old’s home.
What a sketchy, sordid affair.