Camp rape case belongs in juvenile court, judge says

Sexual assault suspect Galileo Mondol is seen in this image from his 2013 arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.
Sexual assault suspect Galileo Mondol is seen in this image from his 2013 arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the case of a teenager from eastern Massachusetts charged with using a broomstick to rape another student at a Berkshire County sports camp should be heard in juvenile court.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that a Superior Court judge also dismissed seven adult charges against 17-year-old Galileo Mondol of Somerville.

Mondol’s attorneys had requested the move due to a change in state law that prohibits adult charges against those under age 18 in most cases. They asked the court to dismiss charges because the indictments were filed after the law took effect.

The district attorney’s office has asked for a reconsideration.

Prosecutors say Mondol was one of three Somerville High soccer players charged with sexually assaulting teammates Aug. 25 at a preseason team-building camp in Otis. He pleaded not guilty.

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