Two released in UMass-Amherst rape case

Friday November 2, 2012

AMHERST -- Two of the four Pittsfield teens accused of raping an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts-Amherst student in her dorm room last month have been released from jail after posting bail.

On Thursday, Emmanuel Bile, 18, was released into the custody of his father after posting $3,500 bail, an amount reduced from the original $10,000. Justin King, 18, was released last week.

Bile and King have to wear GPS-monitoring ankle bracelets, and they can't leave Massachusetts or be in Amherst, Great Barrington and New Marlborough. They also were ordered not to contact the alleged victim and must abide by a curfew.

Caleb Womack, 17, and Adam Liccardi, 18, are still in jail, but could be released soon.

The four Pittsfield teens aren't UMass students. Police said three got signed in to the dorm by a stranger, but it's unclear how the fourth got in.

Judge John M. Payne Jr. on Thursday agreed to release some court records and a UMass Police report that a previous judge had ordered impounded in the case. The Eagle, The Republican and the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspapers filed motions with the court seeking their release because such documents are regularly public records.

The records reveal that the alleged assault took place in Mildred Pierpont House, a freshman dormitory, on Oct. 13.

The alleged victim told police that she knew of the Pittsfield teens through a mutual friend. They allegedly came to visit her, although she said she hadn't invited them. She said she knew one was named Adam.

According to the police report, she said she was intoxicated upon returning with two other friends to her dorm room, which had not been kept locked and where the four teens were inside waiting for her. She agreed they could stay, and the seven of them proceeded to drink more and smoke marijuana, which one of the Pittsfield teens allegedly had brought, for about two hours.

The student's two friends later left, and shortly afterward, one of the teens turned off the lights. Then three of the four males, including Liccardi, "attacked her on her bed and began ripping her clothes off," according to the police report.

She told police that despite her intoxication she was able to tell each of the teens assaulted her, the report stated.

During the assault, she said she was in and out of consciousness, but recalls the four teens arguing over whose turn it was, according to the police report. She told them to stop and was crying but the assault continued "between one and two hours."

"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 stated.

The report also states while Bile, King and Womack left the room, Liccardi stayed behind and tried to comfort her before allegedly assaulting her again.

Bile, King and Womack are all charged with three counts of rape. Liccardi is charged with four.

On Oct. 19, all four teens were arrested separately at their homes in Pittsfield by members of the UMass Police, Pittsfield Police and state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

Womack's attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, asked the court on Thursday to reconsider some of the conditions of release for his client because his mother and legal guardian had moved to Connecticut.

Jacoub said the family was packing up a moving truck on Oct. 19, when Womack was arrested at his family's previous home in Pittsfield. He also said Womack, who attends Springfield Technical College on a scholarship, would need a later curfew on Mondays to attend classes.

Judge Payne eventually agreed with Jacoub and ordered that if a GPS bracelet was available in Connecticut and Womack posted bail, he would be allowed to reside in Connecticut with his mother, and extended his curfew to 10:30 p.m. for travel after his class.

Womack and the three others have to be in their homes from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., according to the judge.

Liccardi's attorney said he plans to file a motion requesting a lower bail for his client.


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