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Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2012 11:03AM ; Updated: Wednesday April 11, 2012 11:03AM

Ex-Syracuse coach's accuser sentenced for abuse

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Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli has been sentenced for sexually abusing a boy

Tomaselli will serve three years and three months in prison for his crime

Tomaselli accused Fine of molesting him when he was 13 and 14 years old

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Zach Tomaselli was one of three men to accuse ex-Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of sexual abuse.
Zach Tomaselli was one of three men to accuse ex-Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of sexual abuse.
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AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.

Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston was sentenced Wednesday in Auburn. He pleaded guilty in December in an agreement with prosecutors.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli apologized to the victim, who attended a camp where Tomaselli was a counselor. The boy was 13 and 14 when the abuse occurred.

Tomaselli is one of three men to accuse Fine of molesting them as boys, but his is the only case that falls within the statute of limitations. The U.S. Attorney's office is investigating his claim that Fine, who was fired, molested him in 2002 in Pittsburgh. Fine denied the accusations.

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