4 teens deny raping UMass Amherst student at dorm

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October 23, 2012, 10:48 am
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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room pleaded not guilty Monday.
Police said the Oct. 13 attack happened around 1 a.m. after someone else signed the teenagers into the dorm on the UMass campus in Amherst.
Authorities said the teenagers aren't students at the university but the victim knew them.
Defendants Emmanuel Bile, Justin King and Adam Licciardi are 18 years old. Defendant Caleb Womack is 17. They're all from Pittsfield, about 45 miles west of Amherst.
Lawyers for Bile and King declined to comment Monday evening. Attorneys for Licciardi and Womack couldn't be reached by telephone.
A judge on Monday set bail at $10,000 cash for each defendant and said they must wear GPS tracking, according to authorities.
A prosecutor said Monday in court that the defendants texted the victim and said they wanted to go over but she said no. The prosecutor said the four showed up anyway and let themselves into her room before she returned home and agreed to spend time with them.
All five were drinking alcohol, and the victim smoked marijuana, authorities said.
The prosecutor said the sexual assaults began after one defendant turned off the light while the others stripped off the woman's clothes.
Defense lawyers said in court that there was a text message exchange between the victim and one of the defendants the next day in which she said she wanted money or would go to police.
But the prosecutor said that was the victim's tactic for making the defendants think she wouldn't report the attack.
The victim reported the rape at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, UMass Amherst police Chief John Horvath said.
There wasn't any damage to the victim's dorm room door that would indicate forcible entry, and there didn't appear to be signs of a struggle in her room, he said.
Student employees work as security monitors to help residents sign guests into dorms starting at 8 p.m., and residents have key fobs that restrict access to stairs and elevators, school officials said.
University officials told other students about the case Monday. The police chief said investigators quickly determined there was no danger to anyone else on campus and telling people about the incident earlier might have harmed the investigation.
University officials said they are reviewing security procedures, and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement that violence won't be tolerated on the campus, located on 1,400 acres in the Pioneer Valley.


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