For Immediate Release - August 30, 2013

Arrests made in a weekend sexual assault in Otis

Three Somerville, Massachusetts High School students have been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that took place in Otis this past weekend.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless says 17 year old GALILEO MONDOL and two 16 year old juvenile males were arrested today by Massachusetts state police detectives assigned to his Office. 

MONDOL is being charged with one (1) count of AGGRAVATED RAPE OF A CHILD UNDER 16, two (2) counts of ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO RAPE A CHILD UNDER 16, one (1) count of INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON A PERSON WHO HAS ATTAINED 14 YEARS OF AGE, three (3) counts of ASSAULT AND BATTERY BY MEANS OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON and three (3) counts of INTIMIDATION OF A WITNESS OR OTHER PERSON.  He will be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court, in Pittsfield. 

The juvenile males will be were arraigned in Berkshire Juvenile Court, in Pittsfield, on similar charges.

According to Capeless the incident occurred at Camp Lenox in Otis, Massachusetts where the City of Somerville had rented the facility for team-building activities for its Fall sports teams.  It is alleged that the defendants, Juniors at Somerville High School, entered a cabin occupied by Freshman students Sunday, August 25th and assaulted three victims. 

The investigation is being conducted by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office assisted by State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Somerville Police Department. 

District Attorney Capeless stated, “I want to extend my appreciation to the Somerville school authorities and coaches, who acted quickly and appropriately when they became aware of these allegations, and I also want to thank Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquariello and his department and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and her Office for the considerable cooperation and assistance they have provided to us, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as this case moves forward.  Special thanks go out to Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, who has made it a priority to emphasize to all the City’s personnel to assist the investigating authorities and to continue to act with courtesy, consideration and professionalism when dealing with the victims and witnesses and their families.  Their efforts are much appreciated.” 

“We thank District Attorney David Capeless, his Office and the Massachusetts State Police for their speed and diligence in undertaking an investigation of these grave allegations, and working cooperatively with the Somerville Police Department and our school officials at every step of this investigation,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi and Somerville High School Headmaster John J. Oteri in a joint statement.  “We will continue to provide any resources and information the District Attorney’s Office requires as this investigation continues.  Right now we are focused on continuing to provide the support services to students, parents and our community needed for Somerville to come together and heal.”