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Mass. teen back in court for camp assault case

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Somerville teenager arrested under sexual assault charges will be back in Central Berkshire District Court Friday for a dangerousness hearing.

The hearing will determine if the 17-year-old is a danger to the public.

The teen was arrested Friday, August 30 after the alleged assault at Camp Lenox in Otis, Mass. where the City of Somerville had rented the facility for team-building activities for fall sports teams.

The Somerville High School junior pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape of a child, two counts of assault with intent to rape a child, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of intimidation of a witness Tuesday.

According to the prosecution, the 17-year-old and two other male teens allegedly entered a cabin occupied by freshman students on Sunday, August 25 and assaulted three boys who were a part of the Somerville High School soccer team. Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Rachel Eramo said two of the victims were able to fight off the assault while the third victim was assaulted with an object.

The defendant's lawyer, William Korman, said his client just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"According to the victim, my client was telling the other boys not to do what they were going to do," Korman said.

The teen is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or $1,000,000 bail pending the outcome of today's hearing.

Under Massachusetts law, a 17-year-old is considered an adult and automatically charged as one. The two 16-year-old boys, whose names were not released because of their age, were to be arraigned in juvenile court on similar charges.

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.

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