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Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:56 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

Zach Tomaselli, the third accuser in the Bernie Fine case, has admitted he falsified emails that he sent to the Syracuse Post-Standard and The Daily Orange.

Tomaselli also plans to ask Syracuse police to end its child molestation investigation of Fine. However, he maintains that Fine did molest him.

“But he did do it,” Tomaselli told the Daily Orange. “I’m not lying.”

Tomaselli said he doctored emails in order to garner more support for his accusations, and so more news outlets would report on them. He also said he did it to “counterattack” comments from Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

According to the Post Standard, Syracuse police used information from Tomaselli to obtain a search warrant for Fine’s house on November 25.

Tomaselli is expected to be sentenced to prison in February for sexually abusing a teenage boy. He also said he would drop the civil suit he filed against Fine.

He is the second accuser to recant at least part of his story. Last week, Floyd VanHooser said he lied in accusations and that Fine never abused him as a child. VanHooser was the fourth accuser in the Fine case.

Fine was an assistant coach at Syracuse for 36 years before being fired on November 27.

Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

How does someone get a -97 score? Is it because some sensor does not like what he is saying? I thought that we were allowed as functioning adults to express our feelings freely without such things. Alas, I have found that though I usually get scores from 100 to around 150 that when I write something against the majority my score tends to come way down and very quickly. Sad, truly sad.
 On the real issue I believed from the start that the last two were lying to deflect from issues in their own lives and I guess I was right. The first two have yet to say or do anything to make you not believe their stories and the wifes comments certainly does inflame things. However, the conversation between the man and his wife is not specific about what they are talking about and could just as easily be about something else. This whole putrid story needs more evidence pro or con before we believe either side in my humble opinion.
 The accuser's should easily be able to describe not only what was done to them but exactly what was used looked like which is something easily proven. Sadly, I do agree with one comment. If you continue to sleep with someone as an adult it is by consent and not by coercion. I hope the real story comes out in the long run. Have a great day folks and keep your children safe.


Perfectly said, thank you, but i can assure you that the fake ratings cbs gives these posts means about as much to me as reading one of dennis dodd's segments, which is absolutely NOTHING, so i wont change my opinion because it doesnt fit with what cbs wants to hear, half their writers dont know what the hell they are talking about half the time anyway



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Hmmmmm, perhaps this demonstrates why you don't try and convict anyone via the media. More than anyone else, that message had better make through the food chain at the so-called World Leader in Sports Entertainment...aka the Elite Sportd Media. When will these people learn that a person is innocent until they face their accuser(s). Perjury is a might weapon! All ESPN and these liars did was make it even tougher for legit victims of these kind of crimes to come forward and report them. Thanks alot ESPN, you bunch of punks.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

booter, these 3 lines arent enough for me to accuse a man of what he is being accused of, i have interrpretted it as laurie fine acknowledging that her husband had sexual relations with men behind her back, that much i will never dispute, even the prisoner who regarded fine as a father figure admitted they had a sexual relationship, but i cant help but wonder where the rest of the conversation is?  it is like they just pulled these couple lines out to make it seem like she is suggesting molestation, rather than just a homosexual relatonship with another man, but other than that, i cant imagine a scenario where a man who was raped by another man, is contacting his wife discussing the issue rather than the police, i also find it odd that the accusor felt he had to try to record a conversation with fine's wife just to try to prove his allegations, another question, she makes the comment that "you trusted someone you shouldnt have trusted" yet i wonder why someone who claimed he was in his mid-to-late 20's could allow someone to "continuously" molest them after he had probably already lost his trust for the man after the first time, i dont know about anyone else, but if someone were to molest me, in any form or fashion, drug me, whatever, they would never have a 2nd chance at doing so unless i didnt know it happened the 1st time, which leads to my point that there are way too many questions in this case that hasnt been answered for me to cast an accusation on a man who currently has half of his accusors recanting their story



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

 How does someone get a -97 score? Is it because some sensor does not like what he is saying? I thought that we were allowed as functioning adults to express our feelings freely without such things. Alas, I have found that though I usually get scores from 100 to around 150 that when I write something against the majority my score tends to come way down and very quickly. Sad, truly sad.
 On the real issue I believed from the start that the last two were lying to deflect from issues in their own lives and I guess I was right. The first two have yet to say or do anything to make you not believe their stories and the wifes comments certainly does inflame things. However, the conversation between the man and his wife is not specific about what they are talking about and could just as easily be about something else. This whole putrid story needs more evidence pro or con before we believe either side in my humble opinion.
 The accuser's should easily be able to describe not only what was done to them but exactly what was used looked like which is something easily proven. Sadly, I do agree with one comment. If you continue to sleep with someone as an adult it is by consent and not by coercion. I hope the real story comes out in the long run. Have a great day folks and keep your children safe.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Molestation is perhaps one of the worst things anyone can be accused of weather its with children or a woman that had too much at the local frat party. The charge is so serious thats once the accusation is made you are guilty with zero hope of regaining your reputation. I would like to see a complete investigation before we destroy someones life when it comes to these cases. If guilty, then lock them up forever but there is a process that should be followed. I dont know if Mr. Fine is guilty or not but he will never get his life back.  



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

two more to go!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

None of this matters.  All that matters is the phone recording of the ex-ball boy talking to Fine's wife, where she acknowledges what her husband did.  All other accusers can walk away and it won't matter.  Now that a couple have bowed out, one has to wonder if Boeheim might again come out publicly in support of Fine. 



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

 - I love the Salem witch hunt reference, especially since you are doing now exactly what they did then - making accusations and assumptions when you have no proof to back it up. You have NO IDEA if these kids are lying or not, and yet you are convinced that Fine is innocent and they are lying scumbags. In your metaphor, YOU are the witchhunter, not the voice of reason.

You CAN NOT IGNORE what Fine's wife said about him, and that alone should be enough for us to be a little less sure that we're all right in our opinions. Maybe he's innocent. Maybe not. I hope we find out, and I'm ok with burning whoever IS guilty in this at the stake. Deal?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

One thing is true about this case. Everyone involved is pretty messed up.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

So, where are the apologies to Bernie Fine from the media?  Where is the apology from a certain CBS writer who said that Boeheim was wrong for insulting the "victims," when it is clear that Boeheim was right and there aren't any "victims?"  This is a case of a bunch of losers falsifying a copycat report.  The "victims" must be really, really desperate for money to do something like that, not only to Bernie Fine, but to themselves.   

In Salem in 1692, all anyone had to do was accuse someone of being a witch.  It is now 420 years later, and all someone has to do now is call someone a "child molester."  I guess we haven't learned very much in 400 years, nor are we able to pay attention to our own justice system, which states that a person is "innocent until proven guilty." 
 
I wonder how long before the other two "victims" fold their tents? 


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