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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.


Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:41 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

 - I don't pretend to know what did or didn't happen in this case, but the comments from Fine's wife are enough for me to have very strong suspicions that all is not right with him. She said "
Laurie Fine: I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him. Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of. But he has issues. And you trusted somebody you shouldn't you have trusted.

Bobby Davis: Yeah.

Fine: Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he's somehow, through his own mental telepathy, has erased them out of his mind.

Which means one of 2 things - either his wife lied in this conversation for some reason (or was talking about something other than abuse) or Fine did it. Think whatever you want, but I know how I would interpret that...

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:33 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

marion, i couldnt agree with you more, if the 2 accusors who are yet to be labeling as liars, are actually telling the truth, most wont believe them because of these other making up story's, but the odd thing about this case in my eyes, is that the 2 accusors who havent claimed to be lying (yet) are the 2 that i believed the LEAST during this entire ordeal, im a 27 year old, relatively healthy young man, and like i said in a previous post, if im in the process of being molested by someone old enough to be my grandfather, either me or that old man is going to end up dead before any molestation takes place, so i have an extremely hard time believing these men were raped at that age without being willing participants, and if somehow they were druged and raped once by the man, these men claimed this happened repeatitively over the course of many years, and i wonder how? 

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:27 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

I still believe that Fine is not innocent in all this and the facts will still convict him

then obviously your blind, or withholding evidence, please present some type of evidence so maybe i can believe he is guilty as well, but keep in mind that the statute of limitations has ran out on both of these accusors, so whatever facts that you know, that im yet to see anyone else produce, are pointless at this point in regards to "convicting" him, and if you do have "facts" shame on you for not going to the police with them, so until you do, i will continue to believe that the step-brothers are also lying, because anyone in their right mind couldnt believe that bernie fine's old @$$ could rape a 27 year old grown man, if you dispute this, please answer the couple of questions in my last post then explain why you are so gullible to believe a story with no FACTS to back it up??  because im still waiting, you know, for FACTS before i will accuse someone of such a horrible crime like this, the sandusky case has eye witness testimony and a bunch of accusor's who arent looking to get their face on the television, makes me feel comfortable saying that i feel he is guilty of all these accusations, but until i see something other than accusor's admitting to lying about the man, i will continue to view bernie fine as an innocent man, the way he should be viewed until proven otherwise, well that is by anyone who isnt a sheep and believes anything they hear in the news, and for the record, i have absolutely nothing for, or against, syracuse university, im not a fan, im not a rival, but i do have common sense to know when something doesnt sound truthful, it usually isnt

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:25 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

The people who lie about things like this are a HUGE reason people who have actually been abused do not come out. It's deplorable, and they need to realize they are HURTING the people who have been affected by abuse and need to be treated accordingly. This is not OK, and even if Fine did abuse some kids, the liars in the case should be severely punished. 

It not only hurts the accusations of people actually affected by FIne, but it now casts doubt on the whole case, and will apply doubt to future allegations against other offenders.  

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:20 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Nice libel.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

there's evidence he molested young boys.

Where??  id love to see it because i am yet to see a single shread of evidence, a single eye witness account or anything else other than conjecture regarding this man's guilt or innocence, i will admit that when this story first hit the news, i was very skeptical considering the original accusor had already had his claims investigated with no one to back-up his story or any corroborating evidence that his claims were just, yet five years later when the penn st scandel hits the news, all of a sudden the original accusor's step-brother comes forward to claim he was also molested, until he was 27??  that in itself had me questioning whether the allegations were legitimate or not, but once the other 2 accusors came forward, i had to question my stance with 4 people at that time accusing him, but now that the other 2 who changed my mind originally now admitting to lying, there is no doubt in my mind that this man never molested anyone, especially after hearing how highly regarded bernie fine was to that accusor who recanted his story, he claimed that fine was the closest thing he ever had to a father figure in his life, and only made those claims because he was still mad at fine for not helping pay for an attorney when he was caught robbing houses, so as for the 2 accusors left to be discovered as liars, my question is, if his step-bro was also a ballboy for this team, why wouldnt he backup his bro's allegations 5-6 years ago??  you have to assume police questioned him since he was also a ballboy and was closely related to the accusor, so did he lie then or is he lying now?? furthermore, who actually believes an old man like bernie fine could actually molest a grown 27 year old man, i will be 27 for the next 3 days until my birthday, and i can tell you that if someone tried to molest me, they would kill me trying!!!  slice it any way you want to, but if a 27 year old man was involved in a sexual act with a 60+ year old man, he was a willing particiant

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:10 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

Boeheim's head needs to be on a platter for this. To save his job he is convincing people to lie about their supposed lies. The things a man will do for fame.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:08 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

JONVI has absolutely no idea whether Bernie Fine molested Tomaselli or not.

obwhite...I oculdn't even spell it all out.  For me the user name is offensive.  President Obama is a man and our President.

Reference our comment on what I knwo....Spot on.  You are very most accurate.  If you do, please immediately call the Syracuse Police Department.  They are looking for an unbiased someone who does know.

Another thing jonvi doesn't know is you.  So that makes me ignorant on two subjects.

What I do know is Tomaselli's father was interviewed by our local news and Tomaselli's father said his son is lying.  Said his son never went anywhere with the SU team on any occasion.  Yet we still have Doyle leading a band of sheep in having Jim Boeheim fired.  I would hope you have more sense than to jump on that wagon....or I will call you out as well.

Next....I am not sure how to take your user name.  I can see you enjoy walking on the edge.  How about given us a quick run down of the interpretation of that user name....I wouldn't want to continue thinking that is a racist remark.   

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:05 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

WOW!  What world do some of you idiots live in??!!  I was wondering how some jackass like Newt could actually have a chance to run for president and then I read some of these message boards and see how warped some of your realities are.  Lets put a few actual FACTS out there:

1.  FACT- two of four accusers have now been PROVEN to be liars (sorry Entity--thats the way it is) on MULTIPLE fronts and MULTIPLE occcasions.

2.  FACT- the initial accuser is a meth head--leaving his credibility to be shaky AT BEST

3. FACT-- the initial accuser had lied on so many occasions before that nobody really believed him (see the boy who cried wolf)

4. FACT-- the second accuser is the HALF BROTHER of accuser #1, also a meth head and only came forward after ESPN concocted this whole story!!

5. FACT-- ESPN brought this story to the forefront only after receiving so much criticism about the way they botched reporting the Sandusky/ Penn St scandal.  They DIDNT even report on that until almost a week after that story had broke (i guess its just a coincidence that ESPN makes TONS of money off huge Big 10 football programs and maybe thats why they didnt report the case).  In order to make up for that, they dive into their archives and find a story that THEY ALREADY knew about that was laying dormant for 10 years!!!  Next thing you know cyrstal meth's brother is "corroborating" the story??!!!

6. FACT-- Bernie Fine will NOT be prosecuted at all (sorry wisccg) since the statute of limitations has already expired-- not to even mention the truckload of reasonable doubt that the defense could bring in this case.  There's way more evidence that none of this happened than it did!

7. FACT-- and most importantly of all Entity-- Boeheim has now been PROVEN to be correct.  These guys are lying--which is exactly what he said.  He should NOT be fired, he should be given a badge of honor for sticking up for a close friend who was being wrongfully attacked by a bunch of scumbags.  I have no idea why you think he should be fired for that??!!  Thats actually admirable.

Sorry Penn State lovers and apologists.  This is NOT another Happy Valley scandal, this is just a sad case of people jumping to false conclusions and then ruining reputations through lies.  Truly sad that so many people in the world just bought into it!  Oh well, maybe Karma will work out and bring Cuse a national championship this year to make up for all this bullcrap!

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:59 pm

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

It wasn't a phone tap. At least be accurate. And please explain where there's evidence of any molestation? There's no EVIDENCE in that; it's all hearsay and conjecture. At no point do they refer to ages or anything incriminating. There is evidence that Zach Tomaselli's entire story is fabricated. So at most you have two guys with claims. So maybe some on here need to study logical fallacies, but you need to study actual truths.

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