Ex-NY coach's Maine accuser faces own abuse case

By David Sharp

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 1 2011 1:01 p.m. MST

Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, left, listens to his lawyer, Justin Leary speak to reports outside Androscoggin Superior Court in Auburn, Maine, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Tomaselli, who accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him is seeking to suppress evidence in his own molestation case in Maine. He faces charges of abusing a boy under 14.

Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

AUBURN, Maine — A Maine man who became the third person to level sexual abuse allegations against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is seeking to suppress what he says is a coerced confession in his own molestation case.

Zach Tomaselli of Lewiston is charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. Tomaselli tells The Associated Press that his past abuse made it difficult for him to set boundaries and understand a proper relationship between a man and boy. But he denies the charges.

Tomaselli wants a judge to prevent a videotaped interview with investigators from being used as evidence. Closing arguments on his motion were held Thursday in Auburn.

Tomaselli says Fine abused him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002. Fine denies the allegations made by Tomaselli and two others.

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