Pretrial conference for Pittsfield teens charged in UMass rape case resumes


NORTHAMPTON -- A pretrial conference is scheduled to resume today in Hampshire Superior Court for the four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room last fall.

Pittsfield residents Justin A. King, Emmanuel Toffee Bile, both 18, and former city resident Caleb Womack, 17, now of Windsor Locks, Conn., each face three counts of aggravated rape. Adam T. Liccardi, 18, of Pittsfield, faces four counts of aggravated rape.

Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl said the four teenagers' cases will continue to be heard at the same time to speed up the process, but it doesn't mean it will always be that way.

"All the cases are on the same track, but whether they are tried together or not depends on how things play out in court," she told The Eagle in March. "It makes the case move more smoothly if we're all on the same track."

According to a UMass Police report, the four teens, who were not students at UMass, showed up at the student's dorm for an uninvited visit. Someone signed three of them in to the dorm. It's unclear how the fourth suspect got in.

The report states the student and two of her friends later arrived back at her room where the teenagers were waiting. After socializing and partying, her two friends later left, and that's when, according to the report, one of the suspects turned off the lights and each took turns in an assault.

"This only came to an end when she was alert enough to form words and was crying in pain for them to stop," the UMass Police report states.

Attorneys for the defendants have maintained their clients' innocence, stating that any sexual activity between the teens and the students was consensual.

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