Somerville Teen Held On Bail After Alleged Sexual Assault at City-Sponsored Soccer Camp
A Somerville soccer player accused of allegedly using a broomstick to sexually assault another student, while at a preseason camp sponsored by the city, pleaded not guilty to charges in court on Tuesday.
According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s office, Galileo Mondol, 17, was held on $100,000 cash bail, after he appeared in Central Berkshire District Court to face multiple assault charges, including aggravated rape of a child under the age of 16, indecent assault and battery, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
Mondol will be back in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday, September 6, for a dangerousness hearing.
Officials said that Mondol, a member of Somerville’s junior varsity soccer team, and two other players, both 16, entered a freshman cabin at Camp Lenox, in Otis, Massachusetts, where the city had rented the facility for team-building activities for its Fall sports programs.
Mondol and the other suspects allegedly used the end of a broomstick to rape the victims. Two other alleged victims managed to fight off their attackers, and “keep their pants on,” and were not assaulted with the object, according to officials. Mondol’s lawyer claims his client did everything in his power to stop the attack, and was not responsible for the assault.
According to the Boston Globe, the three alleged suspects put pressure on the freshman soccer players not to report the incident, and contacted them through Facebook messages when they returned to Somerville, after the program had ended.
At the time news of the alleged incident surfaced, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi, and the high school’s headmaster, John Oteri, called the accusations “grave,” in a joint statement, and worked diligently with police officials to find out what happened in the cabin.
The other two 16-year-old suspects, whose names were not released due to their age, will be arraigned on similar charges in juvenile court this week.