Students Arrested for Sexual Assault at Otis Camp
Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless says 17-year-old, Galileo Mondol and two 16-year-old boys were arrested Friday by Massachusetts State Police.
According to Capeless, the incident happened when the City of Somerville rented the Camp Lenox facility which is a coed residential summer camp, for team building activities for it’s fall sports teams.
The three Somerville High School Juniors allegedly entered a cabin occupied with Freshman students Sunday, Augst 25th, and assaulted three victims.
Mondol and the two boys are charged with various counts of raping a child and assault.
The boys were arraigned in Berkshire Juvenile Court in Pittsfield, and Mondol has yet to be arraigned.
Somerville Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi says a parent contacted a coach about the incident on Tuesday.
“I immediately conducted a meeting and my staff instantly determined the report was credible,” said Pierantozzi.
“These are terrible allegations. We are disturbed, appalled, and sad that it may have happened,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.
District Attorney Capeless stated his appreciation for the cooperation of school authorities, coaches, and police.
In a press release from Camp Lenox obtained by ABC40 Friday evening Director Richard Moss says, “Camp Lenox has been made aware of an alleged incident of assault which occurred on the Camp Lenox property after the 2013 season had ended. After the camp season, Camp Lenox rents its property to various non related groups. Our limited information is that a student participating in a program sponsored by the City of Somerville Massachusetts has made certain allegations.”
Moss goes on to say that they have been in business since 1918 and are fully accredited by the American Camping Association. He noted that, “2013 was a great summer.”
Residents of Otis were startled by the allegations.
“It’s just a shame, sad you know you hearing things like that, obviously it’s a hard thing,” said Bob Herring.
“Never thought something like this would happen here,” said Mike Conboy.