September 7, 2013

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

Galileo Mondol is one of three athletes accused of the assault with a broomstick against freshmen.

The Associated Press

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Boston-area teenager charged with the broomstick rape of a younger teen at a sports camp was released on $100,000 bail Friday and told to avoid the alleged victims and witnesses in his case.

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Galileo Mondol, 17, is led into a district court for a hearing on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Pittsfield, Mass. Prosecutors said Mondol is one of three Somerville, Mass., High School soccer players charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault Aug. 25, 2013 in a cabin at Camp Lenox in Otis, Mass. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Jim Michaud, Pool)

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Galileo 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.

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

The names of the other suspects have not been released because they are 16.

Earlier Friday at a hearing in Pittsfield, Judge Fredric Rutberg granted Mondol bail, saying he isn't a public danger. The judge also set release conditions including a curfew and GPS monitoring.

Mondol's lawyer, William Korman, says his client had nothing to do with the alleged rape and shouldn't have been subjected to the dangerousness hearing. He called the evidence against Mondol thin.

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.

Eramo 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 encouraged the abuse.

Korman said Somerville High School is in the process of expelling Mondol and has banned him from school athletic events.


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