Two students have been arrested and charged with raping a girl in the bathroom of a Maryland high school.
Seventeen-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez were arrested at Rockville High School and charged as adults with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offenses.
Court documents reveal that the 14-year-old victim previously knew only one of the suspects. On Thursday at about 9 a.m., she and Montano were walking in a school hallway when he asked her for sex. According to police reports, the victim said no, but the two suspects allegedly pushed her into a boy’s bathroom and into a stall where she was raped, sodomized and forced to perform oral sex on both attackers. The victim said no repeatedly, and tried to yell and fight them off, to no avail.
Charging documents noted that during the alleged attack, the suspects heard a noise at the bathroom door. Shortly afterward, they covered the victim’s head with one of their jackets, walked her out of the bathroom and fled. Blood and other DNA evidence was recovered by police in the school bathroom.
The victim reported the crime to school administrators and police were contacted. A source reported to Fox 5 that the suspects were caught on surveillance video in the area where the attack occurred.
The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office argued in court that the suspects should be held without bond, citing that they are a danger to the public and are a flight risk due to only having been in the United States for a few months from Central America. The judge decided in favor of the prosecutors.
“They are charged with three very serious offenses that carry life in prison, so that is the maximum you can get in the state of Maryland,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “We prosecute criminals. We prosecute the cases as the evidence leads us in those cases and the immigration ramifications are determined at a later point by the proper authorities.”
The two suspects were enrolled as freshman at the high school despite being 17 and 18 years old because they both recently arrived in the US and were taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
An immigration detainer has been issued for Sanchez by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prosecutors noted that he came to America from Guatemala and has only been in the country seven months.
Since Montano is a juvenile, his photo will not be released.
Students reported learning about the attack on Friday from the principal who announced over the loudspeaker that there had been a sexual assault. The school sent a letter home to parents.
H/T: Fox 5
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