SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The attorney for a Maine man who accused fired Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him says he’s dropping a civil lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh.

Jeffrey R. Anderson, attorney for Zach Tomaselli, says in a statement that he “will be dismissing his case” against Fine.

The 23-year-old Tomaselli told The Post-Standard of Syracuse in an interview today that he altered emails from Syracuse police before forwarding them to the paper in an attempt to bolster his account.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press Tomaselli insists he did not “fabricate the story” about Fine molesting him when he was 13. Two former ballboys also accused Fine of molesting them.

Fine has denied the men’s allegations.

Only Tomaselli’s case falls within the statute of limitations.

Tomaselli is expected to be sentenced in February to prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy in Maine.


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