Central Berkshire District Court Judge Phillip Beattie has granted the request of the prosecution to hold a dangerousness hearing on the possible release of one of the juvenile defendants in a rape case that has shocked the residents of Massachusetts.
According to the prosecution, 17 year-old Galileo Mondol actively participated in the attack on a freshman that took place during a preseason camp for the student athletes of Somerville High School students. The camp is organized every year by the high school officials and is held at Camp Lenox in Otis, Massachusetts. According to the victims, Mondol was with two other student athletes, who entered the tent of the victims and assaulted them with a broomstick. One 14 year-old male victim was sodomized with a broomstick and was later found crying and bleeding in a bathroom.
The prosecution’s case is contrasted with the defense case, which relies on the victim’s statements with regard to Mondol’s role in the sexual assault. The victim stated that Mondol did not participate in the attack, but that he just stood by and did not help. The other two assailants have given corroborating statements with regard to Mondol’s role in the assault. Another victim has stated, however, that Mondol told him to “shut up” and not tell anyone about the sexual assault.
Mondol has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape of a child, assault with intent to rape a child, assault and battery, and witness intimidation. Mondol’s dangerousness hearing, which will be held on September 6, will determine whether Mondol will be allowed to leave jail pending trial and the appropriate amount of bail.
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