PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A judge has ruled that a Massachusetts teenager,
who is accused of raping a younger teenager with a broomstick, will be tried in
The 17-year-old was originally charged as an adult in the case. He
has been accused of raping another teen at a sports camp in the Berkshires.
The teen's attorney requested earlier this year that the case
against the teen be moved to Juvenile Court. Shortly before he was charged, a
law making 17-year-old's youthful offenders passed in the state.
As of Tuesday, seven charges against the Somerville teen have
been dismissed. The charges included aggravated rape of a person under 16. The
17-year-old, pleaded not guilty to his charges in Berkshire Superior Court in
The teen had just turned 17-years-old when he
was arrested for allegedly assaulting three freshmen boys at Camp Lenox in Otis
over the summer. Two 16-year-olds have also been charged in the case.
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.