A 17-year-old from Somerville, Massachusetts, pleads not guilty to charges of rape and assault of a boy under 16-years-old. The rape allegedly took place at a camp in Otis for a weekend meant for team building activities for sports teams. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on this story.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Galileo Mondol, 17, should have been in high school for his first day as a junior Tuesday. Instead, he was at Central Berkshire District Court facing charges of raping a child under 16. Police say the incident happened in Camp Lenox in Otis on August 25th.
Camp Lenox is located right across this body of water. The City of Somerville rented a camp for team building activities for its sports team. Police say this is where Mondol and two other juveniles assaulted three victims.
"The defendant, Mr. Mondol, is alleged to have entered the freshmen cabin and along with two other defendants," said Rachael Eramo, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney.
Police say Mondol and two 16-year-old boys sexually assaulted one freshman boy.
Eramo said, "I can tell the court that he was grabbed and forced on all fours, your honor."
The other two freshmen were able to fight off the defendants. Mondol and the two other defendants then allegedly threatened the victims and witnesses to keep quiet.
"One of the witnesses said he was going to tell and this particular defendant looked him in the eye and got a serious look on his face and said words basically to the effect of, you better keep your mouth shut," Eramo said.
But the defense argued that Mondol was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"The victim specifically says my client was the one who told the other boys to stop assaulting them," said defense attorney William Korman.
Mondol pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He's placed on a $100,000 cash bail.
"To hold this boy with no previous history on a $100,00 bail simply makes no sense. The purpose of the bail is to make sure a defendant comes to court. And the $100,000 case is the exact opposite of that. It's punitive," Korman.
Mondol is due back in court Friday for his next hearing.