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Mass. teen accused of sexual assault appears in court

Posted: Updated: Nov 21, 2013 3:17 PM

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A Massachusetts teen accused of raping a younger teen at a sports camp in the Berkshires has pleaded not guilty to his charges in Berkshire Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors say the 17-year-old is just one of three Somerville High School players charged in connection with the assault in a cabin at Camp Lenox, in Otis, Mass. 

The teen was arraigned on one count of Aggravated Rape of a Child Under 16, two counts of Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 16, one count of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person who has Attained 14 Years of Age, and three counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

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 a broom.

The Somerville High School junior pled 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 in September.

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 teen was released on $100,000 cash bail on the condition he would have no contact, direct or indirect, with any of the victims or witnesses in the case. He also cannot attend Somerville High School, he must follow an 11 p.m. curfew unless with his parents and he will surrender his passport to the Probation Department.

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