Accuser of Syracuse's Fine: I told the truth


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A man imprisoned in Maine says he was telling the truth when he said former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested him even though federal authorities have now dropped their investigation.

Zachary Tomaselli initially told officials he was molested, then recanted, then reversed course again. He insisted Friday that Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002.

In Syracuse, N.Y., a U.S. attorney says there's not enough evidence to support the claim by Tomaselli, who was 23 when he made it nearly a year ago.

Tomaselli says he's gained nothing from telling the story. He thanks law enforcement officials for investigating.

Fine denies the allegation but was fired Nov. 27.

Tomaselli was convicted of sexually abusing a boy at a camp and is serving three years in prison.


Associated Press writer David Sharp contributed to this story from Portland, Maine.

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