First of 4 defendants convicted in 2012 UMass dorm rape case that led to security changes

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NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — The first of four men being tried on charges they raped a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been convicted of some charges.

Twenty-one-year-old Emmanuel Bile (BEE'-lay) of Pittsfield was found guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted on a third.

Bile's attorney told the Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/1xQnYCa) he'll appeal.

The defendants, being tried separately, are accused of raping the woman in October 2012 when she was incapacitated by alcohol. The men, then 17 and 18, weren't UMass students. Bile knew the woman, then also 18.

The woman testified she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with them, but she didn't consent to sex as they claim.

She had told them not to visit, but another student let them in. That led the university to overhaul security.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Massachusetts), http://www.gazettenet.com

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