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Lawyer: Teen rape case should be in juvenile court
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Lawyers for a Somerville teenager charged with using a broomstick to rape another student at a Berkshire County sports camp want their client tried in juvenile court.
Attorneys for 17-year-old Galileo Mondol asked a judge Tuesday to dismiss his indictments due to a change in state law that prohibits adult charges against those under age 18 in most cases.
They asked the court to dismiss charges because the indictments were filed after the law took effect.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that prosecutors asked that proceedings remain in adult court.
The judge did not immediately rule.
Prosecutors say Mondol was one of three Somerville High School soccer players charged with sexually assaulting teammates Aug. 25 at a preseason team-building camp in Otis.
Mondol pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated rape.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com