The President of Road to Recovery, a victims' support group, asked a judge not to sentence an admitted child molester to prison.
Instead, Robert Hoatson wanted the man who sexually abused a 13 year old boy to be released to his grandmother's custody.
AUBURN, Maine - On April 11, 2012, Zach Thomaselli, a man who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine. Thomaselli pleaded guilty in December in an agreement with prosecutors.
Thomaselli later admitted that his allegations of abuse against Bernie Fine were a big lie.
Robert Hoatson, who has been counseling Tomaselli through Hoatson?s nonprofit support organization, Road to Recovery, wrote a letter to the sentencing judge asking that Tomaselli be released to his grandmother?s custody on the condition he participates in intensive therapy. Hoatson said he did not know the details of the charges against Tomaselli but said he believes in “rehabilitation not incarceration.”
The 23-year-old Tomaselli accepted responsibility and apologized to the victim, who attended a camp where Tomaselli was a counselor. The boy was 13 and 14 when the abuse occurred in 2009.
Robert Hoatson is also a member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition.