4 Pittsfield Men Charged With Rape Of UMass Student

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Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst were reaching out to stunned students on Monday and assuring them of their safety after an 18-year-old woman reported being gang-raped in her dormitory room.

Four teenagers — Emmanuel Bile, 18; Justin King, 18; Adam Liccardi, 18; and Caleb Womack, 17, all of Pittsfield — pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of carrying out the attack during the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

“It was horrifying when I read that today,” sophomore Gwendolyn Crosby said Monday night, echoing the sentiments of others on campus.

Earlier in the day, UMass Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy wrote in an e-mail to students that campus police began an immediate ­investigation when the alleged attack was reported and determined that there was no security threat to the general campus.

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