Prosecutors drop rape charges against immigrant HS students
- Author: Annette Adams May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 10:43
A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez were charged with assaulting the 14-year-old girl at Rockville High School in March.
Eighteen-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, was charged as an adult for the alleged rape alongside a 17-year-old.
Since Montano is only 17 years old, his case has been transferred to juvenile court and his lawyer claimed he's facing charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. The prosecutors in the case did not share what kind of images they were or what the exchange was of those images.
"At no point did the girl express any reluctance with any sex acts", said Sanchez-Milian's attorney Andrew Jezic.
Jose Montano's attorney Maria Mena deemed the child pornography charges filed against her client in juvenile court "egregious".
The developments Friday stood in stark contrast to the reports that pushed the case onto the national platform.
A 14-year-old girl told police the two took turns raping her inside the boy's bathroom. "Immigration pays its toll on our people if it's not done legally, and this is another example", Spicer said.
After those comments, the school system stepped up security as it became the subject of anti-immigration protests and counter protests.
The school received threats of bombings and shootings after the alleged attack.
The case attracted widespread attention due to the circumstances and also because of the teens' immigration status. The legislation was defeated weeks later.
Although the rape charges have been dropped, there is still an immigration aspect to the case, as both boys entered the USA illegally, and Sanchez-Milian was issued a notice to appear in front of an immigration judge. "They reviewed the video, they interviewed multiple witnesses, and they did the correct thing by dropping those charges".
Both males are in the country illegally and have outstanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement orders, Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett has said earlier.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday declined to retract any comments the White House has made about the case. "And I think the city should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at".
In an interview, Leggett called the circumstances "a real tragedy and sad occasion".
Once in the stall, the document stated that Montano allegedly opened the girl's top and 'pulled her breasts out to play with, ' then unbuckled her trousers and pulled them down.
She said that she had not spoken to Spicer on Friday because he is on Navy duty as a reservist at the Pentagon.
The charges reportedly stem from lewd photos of the accuser that were on Sanchez-Milian's phone.