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High School Soccer Players Arrested for Sexual Assault in Mass.

By Bryan Toporek — September 03, 2013 1 min read

Three Massachusetts high school soccer players have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting freshman student-athletes, announced Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless on Aug. 30.

The incident allegedly occurred at Camp Lenox in Otis, Mass., which the city of Somerville rented out for Somerville High School’s fall sports teams. The three junior-varsity players, 17-year-old Galileo Mondol and two 16-year-olds whose names were withheld, allegedly entered a freshman cabin on Sunday, August 25, and sexually assaulted three victims.

Mondol is facing charges of 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, three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and three counts of intimidation of a witness or other person. The two juvenile suspects will face similar charges, Capeless announced.

The school system first heard about the allegations on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to Somerville Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi.

“At this time, the thorough and meticulous investigation by the Berkshire County D.A.'s office provides no indication that anyone other than the three individuals arrested have been implicated, and found that this was a single, isolated incident,” said Pierantozzi and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone in a joint statement. “No other victims have been identified.”

In a news conference, Pierantozzi said that 161 students were at the camp along with 19 adult supervisors, according to the .

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.