PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Galileo Mondol, 17, went to court Friday morning not sure of what was ahead of him. Hours later, he's been released from the Berkshire County House of Corrections. His family posted a $100,000 cash bail.
Mondol has restrictions on his freedom. The judge has ordered Mondol to withdraw from Somerville High School, turn in his passport, follow an 11 p.m. curfew and not make any contact with the victims or witnesses. But it's a far lighter penalty than what the prosecution had requested earlier in the day, waiving the right to bail.
"I am at a loss your honor as to what conditions we can place on Mr. Mondol to ensure the safety of the community when you have someone who would perpetrate that kind of act on a younger, more vulnerable population," said prosecutor Rachael Eramo.
The prosecutors said Mondol and two other 16-year-olds sexually abused one freshman boy and assaulted two other freshmen boys during a sports camp. The abuse allegedly took place at Camp Lenox in Otis on August 25th.
"They entered saying words to the effect of you guys are getting it today. At one point, one of the co-defendants picked up a broom and began pointing it at people," said Eramo.
But the defense has argued that Mondol was not to blame for the alleged sexual assault, despite allegations from the prosecution that Mondol had asked to participate.
"Every other witness has said that it was the co-defendant that commits this horrible sexual assault on this boy," said defense attorney William Korman.
Mondol is facing multiple charges, including aggravated rape and intimidation. He's due back in court on October 3rd.