Grand jury indicts teenagers accused in UMass rape case
PITTSFIELD -- Four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room in October were indicted by a Hampshire County grand jury on Thursday.
On Thursday in Northampton, 18-year-olds Adam T. Liccardi, Emmanuel T. Bile and Justin A. King, all of Pittsfield, and 17-year-old Caleb M. Womack, of Connecticut, were each indicted on three counts of aggravated rape. The indictments mean their cases have been elevated from district court to the superior court level.
Liccardi, who allegedly stayed behind after the three other teens left and raped the student again, was indicted on an additional count of rape.
The teens, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges at the district court level, are scheduled to be arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Monday.
According to court documents, the four teens aren't UMass students. Police said three got into the alleged victim's dormitory after a stranger signed them in but it's still unclear how the fourth got in.
The alleged victim told police that she knew of the four teens through a mutual friend, but didn't give them permission to be there.
When she returned, she told police that she, two friends and the four teens drank alcohol and smoked marijuana for about two hours. The two girls left and shortly afterward one of the men turned off the lights and took off the alleged victim's clothes and raped her.
Their lawyers have argued that the sex was consensual between their clients and the alleged victim.
She told police that although her blood alcohol content was high and that she was "in and out of consciousness" during the alleged sexual assault, she repeatedly told them to stop. The incident didn't end until her screams were loud enough, she told police.
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