Pittsburgh police interview third accuser in the Bernie Fine investigation

Zach Tomaselli

Pittsburgh police interviewed the third accuser in the Bernie Fine investigation this afternoon for about 15 minutes.

Zachary Tomaselli described the interview as brief. He said in an e-mail, "I wasn't asked about what happened." Tomaselli was interviewed over the telephone.

Tomaselli is the man who grew up in Northern New York and claims he was sexually assaulted by Bernie Fine in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002 during a Syracuse Orange road trip to play the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Tomaselli gave a statement to Syracuse Police one week ago that touched off police raids on Bernie Fine's home and his office at the Melo Center at Manley Fieldhouse.

Tomaselli says he and his father met Bernie Fine at an autograph session in 2001. Tomaselli says Fine later called his parents with an invitation for Zach to travel to Pittsburgh to watch the Orange play that season. Tomaselli says he took a bus to Pittsburgh and spent the night in Fine's hotel room. Tomaselli claims that Fine had him watch pornography and then sexually abused him.

"He (Fine) sat next to me on the bed in the hotel room and as we were watching TV he fondled me. Put his hand down my shorts - and that happened four to five times over a span of four to five hours," said Tomaselli in a phone interview.

Tomaselli now lives in Lewiston, Maine. Tomaselli says he also attended a party at Bernie Fine's house a year later but nothing happened after he declined to spend the night in Fine's bedroom. He says he didn't plan on coming forward with his allegations against Bernie Fine but wanted to go public after listening to people doubt the accounts given by former SU ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang.