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Mass. teen freed on $100K bail in camp rape case


September 06. 2013 7:40PM
Associated Press



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(AP) A Boston-area teenager charged with the broomstick rape of a younger teen at a sports camp has been released on $100,000 bail.


Seventeen-year-old Galileo Mondol of Somerville appeared at a hearing Friday in Pittsfield where a judge said he isn't a public danger. The judge also set release conditions including a curfew, GPS monitoring and avoiding alleged victims and witnesses.


Prosecutors say Mondol is one of three Somerville High School soccer players charged in connection with the alleged assault Aug. 25 in a cabin at a camp in the Berkshire Mountain town of Otis. The names of the others are not public because they are 16.


Prosecutors say they raped one freshman with a broom and tried to rape two others.


Mondol has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says he had nothing to do with the alleged assault.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.


A judge has found that a Boston-area teenager charged with the broomstick rape of a younger teen at a sports camp in the Berkshires isn't a danger to the public and can be released if he posts $100,000 bail.


Galileo Mondol,17, of Somerville, appeared at a hearing Friday in Pittsfield. Judge Fredric Rutberg also set release conditions including a curfew, GPS monitoring and avoiding alleged victims and witnesses.


Prosecutors say Mondol is one of three Somerville High School soccer players charged in connection with the alleged assault Aug. 25 in a cabin at Camp Lenox in Otis, which the school had rented. The names of the others have not been released because they are 16.


Prosecutors say they raped one freshman with a broom and tried to rape two others. Mondol has pleaded not guilty.


His lawyer, William Korman, says Mondol had nothing to do with the alleged rape and shouldn't have been subjected to the dangerousness hearing. Korman said the evidence against Mondol is thin. Korman said Somerville High School is in the process of expelling Mondol, and has banned him from school athletic events.


Prosecutor Rachel Eramo argued Mondol should be held because of his "cruel conduct," including carrying out the crimes in a crowded room and warning those present not to talk.


She said witness accounts vary slightly, and that the rape victim said Mondol wasn't physically involved in attacking him. She said only one victim who was assaulted but not raped told investigators Mondol helped another defendant physically rape the victim with a broomstick. She said others said Mondol was present and encouraging the abuse.


Associated Press


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