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Fine allegations : Tomaselli to be sentenced for sexual abuse charges

first_img Published on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Zach Tomaselli is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday to a state prison for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 2009.Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, accused Bernie Fine, former Syracuse University associate men’s basketball coach, of molesting him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002 during an away game. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. in Superior Court in Auburn, Maine, according to an April 6 article in The Post-Standard.Justin Leary, Tomaselli’s attorney, said Maine Supreme Court Justice Robert Clifford is expected to sentence Tomaselli to three years and three months in state prison, according to the article. Tomaselli will begin serving his sentence April 18.Lewiston police arrested Tomaselli on April 13, 2011, on charges of having sexual contact with a boy who attended a camp where Tomaselli was a counselor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, much of Tomaselli’s sentence was suspended after he pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and two other sex-related counts on Dec. 20, according to the article. His plea was part of an agreement that allowed seven other counts to be dropped as well.Leary said it is hoped Tomaselli will be able to participate in a sex offender counseling program while he is in prison, according to the article. The sentence includes further counseling and six years of probation after prison. If Tomaselli violates the probation, he risks returning to prison for an additional eight years and nine months.On Friday, Tomaselli said he is ready to begin serving his sentence and hopes counseling will help him, according to the article. Fine has not been charged and denies all accusations.rebarill@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steven Ramphal is Chutney King

first_imgThe Anna Regina Community Centre Ground came alive on Sunday night as hundreds flocked the venue to support their favourite artistes vying for the National Chutney Monarch 2019.Newly-crowned Chutney Monarch Steven Ramphal during his performanceAfter some excellent performances, Steven Ramphal was named the winner for his tune, “Rang Ke Baare” followed by the 2018 Chutney Monarch, Bunty Singh, who performed “Pholourie”. The third spot was won by former Chutney Monarch, Pooran Seeraj with “GT Ladki” and rounding off the top spot was Arjit Singh who performed “Ring on the Lukanee”.An elated Ramphal was lost for words after the announcement. The young artiste, who also secured second place at the Carib Soca Monarch, said that he remained humble during the competition and had his eyes on the prize from the inception.However, the show was of high standards which saw the Shakti Strings Orchestra accompanying the artistes. As Trinidadian Chutney singer, Adesh Samaroo took to the stage, the crowd went hysterical. He was the guest performer at the event promoted by the Social Cohesion Ministry.Fourth place winner Arjit Singh on stageHowever, the lone female singer, Goonwattie Harrynarine, also called “Amrita” of Berbice who performed “Dulaha Dulahin” at the semi-finals claimed that she was cheated.She told Guyana Times that while on her way to Essequibo, she was told to return to Berbice since the winners of the competition were already chosen. She also claimed that she attempted to speak to an official but did not get any satisfaction.Meanwhile, the winner will collect $1 million along with two airline tickets to any Caribbean Airlines destinations.The second place winner will receive $600,000 while the third place winner will receive $400,000 and $200,000 will be given to the person who secured the fourth spot.last_img read more