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Tomaselli asks police to drop Fine investigation

Zach Tomaselli

A new emotional email from the third accuser in the Bernie Fine case criticizes the Post-Standard, the Onondaga County District Attorny and the public who has not believed his allegation that he was a victim of sexual abuse. He dropped his civil lawsuit against the former Syracuse University associate head basketball coach.

The Syracuse Post-Standard is reporting that a Maine man who accused fired Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him wants police to end their investigation.

In a text message to the newspaper, the 23-year-old Tomaselli says he plans to ask police to drop the inquiry because he's "sick of this." On Friday evening in the email to CNYCentral Tomaselli denied interest in investigators dropping the case. In fact, he stated in a lengthy email he still has faith the federal investigation will show he was abused.

This is the entire e-mail sent by Tomaselli to anchor/reporter Matt Mulcahy:




"I had no idea how much scrutiny I was going to come under once my story

came out. It has been overwhelming and has worn me down. The lies have

been spewing from people like Fitzpatrick. I am constantly being

questioned. The most important people in this story is the investigators

and they know that there is plenty of coo-berating evidence against

Bernie but that's not being reported because they aren't talking.

Instead, news agencies like the post standard listen to Fitzpatrick who

has never even seen my statements to police. Police have told me

Fitzpatrick is Bernie Fine's friend and should not be trusted. They told

me they have kept him from all information dealing with the case. Yet

when Fitzpatrick tells the post standard inside informations about the

federal investigation, they listen. I was told I was meeting with the

post standard today about the Bernie fine case since I had never met

them in person today. They were the ones who leaked my story when I

preferred to keep it private and never wanted any media to know. The

police told me that the post standard will have to answer for what they

did. to I am on vacation in Houston and they fly down here to meet me

acting like it's urgent. I met the reporter in a hotel room and he

started to question me about emails I sent forwarded them. I did change

two emails to make it look like I had more support than I do, hoping

that it would be reported and that it would cause me to have more

support. I didn't add stuff about evidence that doesn't exist. I didn't

lie about anything Bernie did to me. It is so painful to get hate mail

everyday from people saying I am no better than Bernie anyways so it

doesn't matter what happens. It is so painful to not be able to leave my

house without being called a name. Anyways, I broke down and started

crying and admitted that I did add to those two emails. As soon as I

started crying, a photographer started snapping photos. I felt so

degraded that I have been in tears all day. All they cared about was

having their story. That's when I realized that the mistake I am making

is caring what the post standard and other people think. All that

matters is what my real family and friends think of me and what the

investigators believe. The investigators have overwhelming evidence and

know I am telling the truth. You can take a couple emails I exaggerated

because I'm a human being and wanted supporters and make it into me

being a liar and say I'm lying about a huge federal investigation but

your wrong if you think that. The Feds, my friends, and my family know

the truth. I have a lot of spiritual work to do. I have major flaws and

issues. I am sick of being constantly criticized. I am not dropping the

federal investigation contrary to the post standard's report. I am going

to let the federal investigation speak for itself. I have dropped the

civil lawsuit for now because I know people will say I'm lying for the

money. Bernie fine molested me. Fred Tomaselli molested me. I was at the

Pittsburgh game and that has been proven even if it wasn't announced to

y'all. That's the bottom line. Believe what you want but I could care

less anymore. I'm just going to live my life and what happens, happens.

I hope the post standard feels good about leaking my story, listening to

Fitzpatrick, and pushin me to tears just for their photo of me cryin on

vacation when bernie is arrested and the evidence is revealed. If you

have any questions, let me know but I'm done making statements to y'all.

It's gotten me nowhere. Y'all just seem to want to not listen to

Fitzpatrick and over react every time I sneeze. Not all of you. Ronni,

Matt, and Mike Cohen have been good and I appreciate you guys but the

other media members have ruined it for you.


Zach Tomaselli"




In an interview earlier Friday, Tomaselli told the Post-Standard he altered emails from Syracuse police before forwarding them to the paper in an attempt to bolster his account. But Tomaselli insists he told police the truth about Fine molesting him when he was 13. Two former ballboys also accused Fine of molesting them.


Friday night, SU students on the hill were reacting to the news. Many telling CNY Central that they hope Fine gets a fair and thorough investigation and that they find out the truth. "I just hope there is some justice, I don't really know what that would be but it would be nice if we could get some closure on the whole matter. It would be nice to know what happened," said student Sam Morrison.

Fine has denied the men's allegations.

Of the known claims against Fine, only Tomaselli's case falls within the statute of limitations that could have allowed for federal prosecution.

Tomaselli is expected to be sentenced in February to prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy in Maine.

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