Florida internet child sex sting, Bernie Fine accuser Tomaselli changed story
January 22, 2012 Comments Off on Florida internet child sex sting, Bernie Fine accuser Tomaselli changed story
Teacher, former pro golfer, and swim coach among those arrested in Fla. internet child sex sting By Crimesider Staff January 18, 2012
(CBS/WKMG) KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A former pro golfer, a swim coach and an eighth grade teacher are among 40 people arrested in an undercover Internet child sex sting in Florida, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.
During the so-called “Operation Red Cheeks,” undercover detectives posed as juveniles or the parent or guardian of a juvenile to talk with individuals in chat rooms and through instant messaging.
During the chats, some of the suspects reportedly sent pornographic images to the undercover detectives….
Suspects traveled to an undercover house or meeting location in Osceola County for the purpose of having sex with a child, authorities said. Some brought alcohol, drugs and other items to the meeting, said deputies.
District Attorney: Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli changed his story
January 19, 2012 By Mike McAndrew / The Post-Standard
One of Bernie Fine’s accusers initially told Syracuse police the former Syracuse University coach molested him in early 2002 while he was attending an away game against the University of Connecticut, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today.
But Fitzpatrick said that after law enforcement authorities discovered that SU never played UConn during the 2001-02 season, Zach Tomaselli changed his story.
Tomaselli then told police that Fine sexually abused him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in January 2002, the night before SU played Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick said, questioning Tomaselli’s credibility.
Tomaselli fired back today that Fitzpatrick’s account is not true….
Fine, 66, who was fired by SU in November after three men publicly accused him of molesting them as children, has not been charged with any crimes. Through his attorneys, Fine has maintained he did nothing wrong.