Galileo Mondol, 17, denies broomstick rape at Otis sports camp
PITTSFIELD - A teen accused of using a broomstick to rape a fellow student at a sports camp in Otis pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to seven charges, including aggravated rape on a person under 16.
Galileo Mondol, 17, of Somerville, accused along with two 16-year-olds of sexually assaulting three freshman boys on Aug. 25 at Camp Lenox in Otis, initially had been arraigned in September in District Court and was free on $100,000 cash bail.
Judge John A. Agostini continued the same bail and release conditions for Mondol, including that he have no direct or indirect contact with any of the alleged victims or witnesses in the case, that he not attend Somerville High School, abide by an 11 p.m. curfew unless with his parents, and surrender his passport. Mondol and two other juniors on Somerville High School's junior varsity boys' soccer team who face charges were attending a retreat at the sports camp when the alleged assault occurred.
By state law, information regarding the juvenile court proceedings is closed to the public.
Prosecutors have said the Somerville soccer and football teambuilding camp was held Aug. 23-26, and several cabins were rented by the school. Players were divided into grades, with juniors and seniors occupying the same quarters.
The tall, slim defendant, who attended the arraignment with his parents and was represented by attorney Samir Zaganjori of Carney & Bassil of Boston, had not guilty pleas entered by his lawyer to all charges.
They are one count of aggravated rape of a child under 16, two counts of assault with intent to rape a child under 16, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
During a discussion of pretrial motions, cellphone photos related to the case, which are sealed under a nondisclosure order from the court, were mentioned. Zaganjori asked whether an investigator he expects to retain could have access to the photos and other information if agreeing to abide by the court order.
All documents related to the case have been impounded as well.
Agostini told Zaganjori that his request should be put in the form of a motion.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Morgan, who represented the state for the arraignment, and Zaganjori declined further comment after the proceeding.
The three alleged attackers went into the cabin where the freshmen were staying, chose three boys and used a broomstick to sexually assault one of them and attempted to sexually assault the other two who were able to fight off their attackers, Assistant District Attorney Rachael Eramo said in District Court.
Eramo said that all three of the defendants laughed about it afterward, but when they realized they had hurt the younger boy they tried to apologize.
When the older teens left the cabin, Mondol told the freshman that " they better not say anything," Eramo said in District Court.