Lower Bail Denied for One of UMass Rape Suspects
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – A judge has denied requests for lower bail from one of the four teens accused in the rape of a Umass student this month.
Friday, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Daniel Ford denied a request from 17-year-old Caleb Womack of Pittsfield to have his bail lowered from $10,000 to $1,000.
The motion was denied without prejudice, meaning that Womack and his attorney can make another bail reduction request at another time.
In making his ruling, Ford noted in part that Womack’s family was moving out of Massachusetts, which would create an issue with tracking him on a GPS device, which is one of his conditions if his posts bail.
Womack, along with 18-year-olds Emmanuel Bile, Adam Liccardi, and Justin King, also from Pittsfield, are facing various charges associated with that alleged rape.
Judge Mary Hurley ordered the four held on $10,000 cash bail after their arraignment earlier this week.
It’s anticipated that Bile will also file a motion for a bail reduction next week.
All four suspects are scheduled to appear in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on December 10.
All are due back in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Dec. 10.
If any of the teens are able to make bail, they will face a long list of conditions including:
- 24/7 GPS monitoring
- Curfew and house arrest 7 days per week from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am
- Stay out of specified towns (to be enforced by GPS exclusionary zones)
- Stay in Massachusetts except with express permission of the probation department and after signing a waiver of rendition
- Report to probation in person at least 2 times per week No abuse of victim
- No contact, direct or indirect, with victim
- Stay at least 100 yards away from victim wherever she may be
- Stay at least 100 yards away from victim’s residence
- No contact, direct or indirect, with the witnesses in the case
- Consume no alcohol or drugs
- Submit to screening for alcohol and drugs at the probation department at least 2 times per week
- Surrender passport Obey all laws and court orders, including harassment prevention orders
- Maintain employment or an educational program, or if unemployed, actively seek employment
- Notify probation of any changes in contact information (e.g. address, phone number, etc)
- Sign releases with probation for them to be able to monitor compliance with these conditions
- Comply with the court’s order today on the Commonwealth’s Motion to Impound Confidential Information from the Public