Zach Tomaselli, one of the men who accused former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of sexual abuse, has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.
The 23-year-old Tomaselli pleaded guilty in December as part of a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced on Wednesday in Auburn, Maine.
In addition to jail time, the sentence will include six years of probation and additional sex offender counseling, reports the Associated Press. If those terms are violated, Tomaselli would risk returning to prison for an additional eight years and nine months.
Fine was fired from his assistant coaching position in late November after allegations came from four men who claimed Fine had abused them when they were boys. He coached at Syracuse for 36 seasons and was not charged in the case.
Tomaselli claims that Fine molested him in 2002, while Syracuse was playing a road game in Pittsburgh.
Tomaselli’s accusations were the only statements that fall under the statute of limitations. Floyd David VanHooser, another of the four men who accused Fine, has recanted.
As the Associated Press reports, “Tomaselli has admitted doctoring emails from police and about his school attendance records and lying to reporters to bolster his claims against Fine.”
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.