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High school soccer players accused of sexual assault

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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High school soccer players accused of sexual assault

By Christine Theodorou, CNN
updated 10:41 PM EDT, Fri August 30, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Three freshmen allegedly assaulted at sports camp
  • Authorities arrest three JV soccer players from suburban Boston
  • They face aggravated rape and other charges

(CNN) -- Three members of a suburban Boston junior varsity boys' soccer team were arrested Friday in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a sports camp, according to authorities.

The assaults occurred last Sunday at Camp Lenox near Otis, a town in western Massachusetts, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

The city of Somerville, just northwest of Boston, rented the facility for team-building activities for its fall sports teams.

According to prosecutors, the three Somerville High School students allegedly entered a cabin occupied by freshman students and assaulted three victims.

The eldest of the three juniors, a 17-year-old male, faces charges that include aggravated rape of a child under 16, indecent assault and battery on a person who has turned 14, assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

The two other male athletes, both 16, face similar allegations, prosecutors said in a statement.

The allegations were reported to members of the Somerville High School athletic department on Tuesday. A criminal investigation began immediately, officials said.

In a joint statement, Somerville's mayor and schools superintendent said, "We are disturbed and appalled that these crimes may have taken place and our thoughts and concerns are with the victims and their families."

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said the district attorney's office has given no indication that any other students were implicated. The alleged assaults appear to be a "single, isolated incident."

Support services are available to help victims, parents and team members who attended the camp.

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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I'd like to say I'm shocked this occured, but sadly, I'm not. 

katy_kay08
by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Horror as three high school soccer players arrested for raping three young boys at a summer sports camp in brutal 'hazing'

  • Galileo Mondol. 17, and two 16-year-old students are accused of raping three freshmen in their cabins
  • Officials have condemned the attacks and praised the courage of those who stood up for the victims
  • All three suspects are in custody, will be arraigned Tuesday

By RYAN GORMAN

Three high school students have been accused of raping three freshman during a school-sponsored sports camp.

Galileo Mondol, 17, and two 16-year-old boys were charged Friday with raping three male freshmen during a sports camp sponsored by Somerville High School, where all six boys are students, according to reports. The school’s athletic department was made aware of the allegations Tuesday.

The two 16-year-olds have not been identified because they are minors.

Mondol and the two minors are alleged to have entered the cabin where the boys were sleeping an sexually assaulted them. All six males are members of the school’s soccer team, said reports.

‘These are terrible allegations. I’m disturbed and appalled that they may have happened,’ Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said at a news conference Friday.’“Be clear on this, these allegations go far beyond hazing. This is rape.’

Curtatone volunteers for the coaching staff of the football team and was one of 24 adult chaperones at the camp, the Boston Herald reported. Each cabin had an adult chaperone inside, according to WHDH.

Mondol has been charged with aggrevated rape of a child under 16, indecent assault and battery, two counts of assault with intent to rape a child under 16 and three counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The minors face similar charges.

Disturbed and appalled: 'These allegations go far beyond hazing, this is rape,' Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said


‘In no way are these allegations a reflection on the team, our kids, [or] our community,’ Curtatone added.

Somerville High School, which sponsors the team-building retreat annually, was made aware of the charges Tuesday, according to WBZ. The students were arrested Friday.

‘All of us, frankly, are horrified at these allegations,’ school superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said at Friday’s news conference in Somerville with the mayor and other school officials. ‘We will ensure to the best of our ability that everyone and anyone who needs support will have it.’

Mondol is being held on a $100,000 bail, but his lawyer claims he’s innocent.

A retreat: Somerville High School has taken athletes on the three-day retreat for 15 years, this is the first known incident of its kind


Innocent?: Mondol's attorney claims his client is innocent and that 'his parents support him 100 per cent'


‘We will plead not guilty Tuesday because my client is not guilty,’ attorney William Korman said in a statement to the media. ‘He has absolutely no criminal history. He has never been in trouble before. We steadfastly maintain his innocence. His parents support him 100 per cent.’

A total of 165 student athletes attended the camp, 62 boy football players, 61 boy soccer players and 42 girl soccer players, with eight coaches per team as supervisors, according to Pierantozzi. 
The school has taken athletes to the camp for the past 15 years, and makes them sign no-hazing pledges before taking part in the three night trip, said Curtatone.

Curtatone stood by the students, praising their courage and pledging support.

‘[This incident] not define us… our spirit and character is defined by the courage shown by the victims and by the team. They have stood up and spoken out... and we will stand up with them and for them.’

All three suspects are currently in custody and will be arraigned on Tuesday, as courts are closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend.


crazysheep
by on Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:44 PM
That's fucked up ..
Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

 Each cabin had a chaperone.  How did this happen?

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Unless there is more to this, it is heinous, but I'm impressed with how well the school district & mayor are handling this. Penn State has had repercussions i guess.
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Dear goodness.

How the hell?


tscritch
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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I am so sick of these stories (not meant at you OP, just in general). Why does this keep happening? It's just so messed up and wrong!!!!

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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The men tht do this usually don't think what they did is all that bad

How are we (as women) raising boys that do these things to women and they not understand the horror of it?
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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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If each cabin had an adult chaperone, what the hell happened??

joyfree
by Silver Member on Aug. 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM

crying

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