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Fine accuser in Maine pleads guilty to sex charges

December 20, 2011
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AUBURN, Maine—A Maine man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts under a plea agreement that his lawyer says caps his sentenced at 3 1/2 years in prison. Defense lawyer Justin Leary says Tomaselli will be free on bail until his sentencing in February.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli was due in court for a bail revocation hearing.

Instead he pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and two other counts. Leary says Tomaselli wanted to take responsibility "and that's a fair way to resolve it."

Tomaselli is one of four to level sexual abuse accusations against Fine. Fine, who denied wrongdoing, was fired by the university.

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