No sex abuse charge against father of Fine accuser

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police say no sex abuse charges were brought against the father of a Maine man who has accused fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him.

State police spokesman Lt. Glenn Miner says Zach Tomaselli filed sex abuse claims against his father, Fred, in June. Miner says police completed their investigation in September, and no charges were filed.

Zach Tomaselli, who faces sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 13-year-old boy, and two former Syracuse ballboys have accused Fine of molesting them. But Fred Tomaselli has said he thinks his son is lying about Fine.

Fine has denied the allegations, and federal authorities are investigating.

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Federal authorities have obtained a third sealed search warrant in their investigation of former Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine, who has been accused by three men of molesting them as minors.

Court documents show the third warrant was issued Tuesday and signed by U.S. Magistrate Andrew Baxter. No details were available. Prosecutors did not immediately return calls Thursday.

Fine’s office on campus was searched Tuesday morning, and his suburban home was searched last Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, has not said what it sought or found.

Also Thursday, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor said the school decided to fire Fine upon hearing an audiotape recorded by Bobby Davis, one of Fine’s three accusers. ESPN broadcast the 2002 audiotape, recorded by Davis, of a conversation between Davis and a woman ESPN identified as Fine’s wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew “everything that went on.”

Cantor’s comments were in a published response to a USA Today editorial Thursday that calls on Syracuse to release a “full accounting” of what it did and why Fine was kept on the job.

Fine, who was denied the allegations, was fired Sunday.

Federal authorities are not constrained by a statute of limitations should they turn up evidence Fine molested his latest accuser, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston, Maine. He said he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room after a game. He said Fine touched him “multiple” times in that one incident.

Under federal law in 2002, prosecutions for the sexual or physical abuse or kidnapping of a child under 18 could continue until the victim turned 25. Subsequent amendments changed that to the life of the child or 10 years after the offense, whichever is longer.

Tomaselli, who faces sexual abuse charges in Maine, filed a claim of sex abuse against his father, Fred Tomaselli, in June in New York. Lt. Glenn Miner, a spokesman for the New York State Police, confirmed the investigation was completed two weeks ago and no charges were brought against Fred Tomaselli.

Fred Tomaselli has said he thinks his son is lying about being abused by Fine.

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