Lewiston man who admitted lying about Bernie Fine abuse due in prison

Posted April 18, 2012, at 5:44 a.m.
Last modified April 19, 2012, at 4:23 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Maine man who claimed for months that he was molested by former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine before announcing he made it all up is due to report to prison.

Zachary Tomaselli pleaded guilty to molesting a boy when the victim was 13 and 14 years old. He was sentenced to three years and three months in prison last week and was due to report to jail on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli thrust himself into the media spotlight in November when he made accusations against Fine after two former ballboys accused Fine of molesting them.

Last week Tomaselli announced that he was a liar and that he’d never even met Fine.

Fine, who was fired, has not been charged and has denied the abuse claims.

 

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