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Man says his allegations about Bernie Fine sex abuse were lies

By Ronni Berke, CNN
updated 4:34 PM EDT, Fri April 13, 2012
"I fabricated everything about Bernie Fine," Zachary Tomaselli, 23, told CNN. He now says he never met Fine.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Zachary Tomaselli now says he never met the ex-Syracuse University assistant coach
  • He had told authorities that he and Fine watched pornography together in 2002
  • Thomaselli, now 23, had said Fine molested him when he was 13 years old
  • Tomaselli soon will be going to prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy in a separate case

New York (CNN) -- A man who accused a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach of sexually molesting him as a child said Friday that it was all a lie.

"I fabricated everything about Bernie Fine," Zachary Tomaselli, 23, told CNN from his home in Lewiston, Maine. He said he never met Fine.

"Basically, I'm a sociopath. I take a lot of pride in lying," he said.

Tomaselli had told authorities that he and Fine watched pornography together in 2002 before Fine fondled him in a hotel room in Pittsburgh, where he'd gone to watch a Syracuse basketball game when he was 13 years-old.

In December, Tomaselli filed a lawsuit against Fine, but his attorney, Jeff Anderson, dismissed it weeks later.

"He's a troubled young man who I hope gets help," he said.

Tomaselli was among several who accused Fine of molesting them, leading to Fine's being fired in November.

Syracuse ball boys Mike Lang and his stepbrother, Bobby Davis, also stepped forward to accuse the coach of molesting them over several years.

Prosecutors said in December that despite credible allegations from Davis and Lang, they could not bring charges against Fine because the statute of limitations had expired.

When the allegations first surfaced, Fine -- married with a son and two daughters -- called them "patently false." He has not commented since.

Prosecutors couldn\'t charge Bernie Fine on two other accusations because the statute of limitations had expired.
Prosecutors couldn't charge Bernie Fine on two other accusations because the statute of limitations had expired.

Prison inmate Floyd "David" VanHooser also admitted making up abuse allegations against Fine, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

CNN has not previously reported VanHooser's allegations because sources close to the investigation said they did not believe his accounts to be credible.

"In a statement I gave I told a lot of lies about Bernie Fine," VanHooser reportedly wrote in letters, which are dated November 29. "None of what I said was true."

John Duncan, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in New York's Northern District, which has jurisdiction over the Fine case, declined to comment on Friday's statement from Tomaselli.

Tomaselli, 23 is set to serve three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy in a separate case. He had pleaded guilty to those charges.

CNN's Ross Levitt contributed to this report.

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