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Attorney asks case for teen accused of sexual assault to move to juvenile court


PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Massachusetts teen accused of raping a younger teen at a sports camp in the Berkshires was in court on Tuesday.

The teen's attorney is requesting that the case against the teen be moved to Juvenile Court.

The 17-year-old, pleaded not guilty to his charges in Berkshire Superior Court in November. He was charged with 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.

The defendant's attorney asked the Berkshire County Superior Court Judge to dismiss the charges, citing recent changes in the law which would have placed the case in Juvenile Court. The attorney said there is a change in the law making 17-year-old's youthful offenders, which passed only days after he was charged in September.  

The judge said he needs time to review both sides of the issue before making a decision.

Prosecutors say the teen is just one of three Somerville High School players charged in connection with the assault in a cabin at Camp Lenox, in Otis, Massachusetts. 

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.

He is due back in court in April.

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