The third accuser in the sexual molestation case against Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a teenage boy Tuesday, according to cnn.com.
According to the terms of the plea agreement Zachary Tomaselli, 23, will face a maximum of 3 years and 3 months in prison. This was after Tomaselli originally faced 11 different charges against two young teenagers for whom he served as their summer camp counselor back in 2009 and 2010.
7 of the charges were dropped, with Tomaselli pleading guilty to gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, and two counts of visual sexual aggression towards a minor.
Tomaselli is presently free on bail.
Implications Regarding The Case Against Bernie Fine
Tomaselli was the third man to claim publicly that Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine had molested him as a child. Fine's other two accusers Bobby Davis a former Syracuse ball boy and his stepbrother Mike Lang both claimed that Fine molested them repeatedly over a period of several years.
Tomaselli claims that Fine and him watched pornography together and Fine touched him in an inappropriate manner back in 2002 when Tomaselli was only 13-years-old.
Unfortunately, back in early December a New York District Attorney revealed that the charges brought by Davis and Lang, although credible, could not be brought because the statute of limitations had run, according to another article on cnn.com.
Additionally, with yesterday's plea deal carved into stone it seems that Tomaselli lost any credibility that he may have potentially had in front of a jury in a court of law. It seems a little bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
Accordingly, police are currently investigating the allegations and looking for any other potential victims. A potential criminal conviction against Fine will probably hinge upon finding new credible past sexual abuse victims considering the recent developments in this case.
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