Somerville soccer player granted $100K bail
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) --A Somerville teenager charged with raping an underclassman at a soccer camp was released on bail Friday, but he's been ordered to keep away from his alleged victims.
Galileo Mondol, the 17-year-old Somerville High soccer player accused of raping an underclassman at a summer sports camp in the Berkshires, was back in court Friday for the second time this week.
"Galileo Mondol is not the face of hazing in 2013. Galileo Mondol is the face of overzealous prosecution," William Korman, defense attorney, said.
With that, a win for defense attorneys Friday. Mondol was released from jail Friday night on $100,000 bail.
Two juveniles also face charges in connection with the alleged attack that prosecutors paint as violent.
"According to victim number two, this defendant pushed that broomstick into victim number one. Victim number one screamed in pain and ran into the bathroom," prosecuting attorney Rachael Eramo said.
The prosecution and defense have been arguing different sides of Mondol's involvement in the incident.
“Even victim number one, it should be noted, says my client didn't do it. He said my client was telling the others not to do it," Korman said.
"This defendant is alleged to have either been nearby, encouraged, participated in, held down, attempted to in some way harm these young freshman boys that were in this cabin,” Eramo said.
With Mondol's release he'll be forced to keep an 11 p.m. curfew. His attorney said Somerville High is in the process of expelling the junior soccer player although he has been told not to go to school during the trial in case he has an interaction with one of the alleged victims. Mondol has already been banned from any school activities.