What is this world coming to?????!!!
On Friday morning, three high school students were arrested and charged with raping three freshman during a Somerville-sponsored summer sports camp.
17-year-old Galileo Mondol, and two 16-year-old boys (who have not been identified because they are 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.
The school’s athletic department was made aware of the allegations on Tuesday.
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.’
‘In no way are these allegations a reflection on the team, our kids, [or] our community,’ Curtatone added.
Curtatone volunteers for the coaching staff of the football team and was one of 24 adult chaperons at the camp, the Boston Herald reported. Each cabin had an adult chaperon inside, according to WHDH.
Mondol has been charged with aggravated 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.
The NYDaily News reports:
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.
‘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.