Four teenage boys have been accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in one night. The victim states that she was going in and out of consciousness during the act and that she said no. The defense claims she offered to stay silent about the rape for $500, however prosecution declared that was a defense tactic. Hit the jump for more.
Four teens are charged with raping an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Emmanuel Bile, 18, Justin King, 18, Adam Licciardi, 18, and Caleb Womack, 17, of Pittsfield, Mass., allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in her dorm room in the early-morning hours of Oct. 13, the university said in a release.
The alleged victim and the suspects were reportedly drinking vodka beforehand. The young woman reportedly slipped in and out of consciousness during the attacks.
“The victim was crying and used the word ‘no,’” said Jennifer Suhl, chief of the sexual assault unit for the district attorney’s office.
The woman reportedly knew the suspects, who did not attend UMass, and texted them to stay away before the incident, authorities said.
The following day, she told the men via text message that she would keep quiet for $500 apiece, said the defense attorney. The prosecution called the text message a defense tactic, according to Fox 25.
The men were arrested on Friday after a weeklong investigation by the UMass police, reported The Republican newspaper.