Scrolling Headlines:

UMass hockey falls to No. 6 UMass Lowell for third time this season -

February 18, 2017

UMass hockey breakdown in final minutes of the second period on route to 5-2 loss to UMass Lowell -

February 18, 2017

Notebook: Jack Gibbs stars as UMass men’s basketball team drops game to Davidson Saturday -

February 18, 2017

UMass men’s basketball drops another close game, falls to Davidson Saturday afternoon -

February 18, 2017

Local blogger Larry Kelley dies in car crash, remembered by community -

February 18, 2017

REPORT: UMass football to name Ed Pinkham as next defensive coordinator -

February 18, 2017

UMass students skip class to stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants and refugees -

February 18, 2017

NPR Education Correspondent Eric Westervelt talks on future of education -

February 18, 2017

Faculty of journalism department discusses failures of journalism during Trump era -

February 16, 2017

UMass hockey prepares for third and final match-up against No. 6 UMass Lowell on Saturday -

February 16, 2017

Panelists hold discussion on embodying global coalitions -

February 16, 2017

Journalist speaks on criminalization of youth in the United States -

February 16, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse heads to Florida in search of first win of 2017 -

February 16, 2017

UMass men’s lacrosse looks to get offense back on track against Ohio State -

February 16, 2017

Duquesne stomps UMass men’s basketball 96-66 in Pittsburgh -

February 16, 2017

UMass softball focuses on mental approach ahead of Madeira Beach Invitational -

February 16, 2017

UMass women’s basketball drops eighth straight in loss at Richmond -

February 16, 2017

‘50 Shades Darker’ steams up all windows in the nation -

February 16, 2017

’20th Century Women’ is a love letter to women across generations -

February 16, 2017

‘Santa Clarita Diet’ delivers on the laughs and the scares -

February 16, 2017

Four suspects of campus rape indicted

A Hampshire County grand jury yesterday indicted the four men accused of raping an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts student on aggravated rape charges.

The defendants – Adam Liccardi, 18, Justin King, 18, and Emmanuel Bile, 18, all of Pittsfield, and Caleb Womack, 17, of Winsor Locks, Conn. –  each face three counts of aggravated rape. Liccardi also faces an additional charge of rape.

The men are accused of raping the student in her dorm room in Pierpont Hall during the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

Before yesterday’s indictment, the men were charged with three counts of rape each, with Liccardi facing a fourth count. The new charges being pursued by the office of Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan carry heavier penalties.

According to state laws, rape constitutes having sexual intercourse with a person who is “compelled to submit by force and against his will or by threat of bodily injury” or having sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16.

Aggravated rape goes one step further, resulting in serious bodily injury or “is committed as a joint enterprise,” according to the law.

Bile, King and Womack are expected to be arraigned at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Monday at 2 p.m., according to a release sent out by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

Liccardi’s arraignment date has yet to be set due to a scheduling issue, Mary Carey, the communications director for the district attorney’s office, said. She noted that despite the scheduling issue, all four cases are being handled in the same way by the district attorney’s office.

Katie Landeck can be reached at klandeck@student.umass.edu.

Leave A Comment