"Student" on "Alien Removal" List Charged With Raping 14-Year-Old Girl in Maryland High School Bathroom

by MICHAEL W. CHAPMAN March 21, 2017

WARNING: This report contains graphic details of an alleged rape on a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland public school by male suspects aged 18 and 17. 

Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, a Guatemalan citizen who is on an "alien removal case" list, and Jose Montano, 17, who came to America from El Salvador eight months ago, were charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense on Friday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, on Thursday, at the Rockville High School in Maryland. According to the Montgomery County Police report, the young girl allegedly was brutally raped and sodomized by both of the suspects.

The two men were charged in the Montgomery County District Court. Although Montano is 17, a minor, he was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime. At the court, Montgomery County Assistant States Attorney Rebecca MacVittie said Sanchez "is a substantial flight risk," reported The Washington Post. 

Both Montano and Sanchez were students assigned to the freshman class. However, the school's spokeswoman, Gboyinde Onijala, would not comment on why these older teens were assigned to the 9th grade, said The Post. At the court, the two suspects used a Spanish translator, indicating they may not speak English, according to ABC7's Kevin Lewis.  

Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, a 9th
grade student at Rockville High
School charged with first-degree
rape of a 14-year-old student.
(MCPD)

On Friday, March 17, a "Statement of Probable Cause" was filed at the Montgomery County District Court by the arresting officer assigned to the case. The officer, a Montgomery County Police Detective, explained the investigation of the alleged rape of the 14-year-old girl, who is called "Victim A."

WARNING: The material below is sexually graphic and disturbing

The detective reported: "Victim A was in the school hallways when she met with the two other students later identified as Jose O. Montano and Henry E. Sanchez Milian. Victim A knew Montano as a friend and did not know Sanchez Milian personally.... Montano asked Victim A for a hug. Then Montano slapped her butt and asked her to come with him and his friend, Sanchez Milian. They were walking near the gym area when they passed by the bathroom.

"Montano asked Victim A for sex, which she refused. Montano asked again, more persistently and pushed Victim A into the boy's bathroom. Montano then pushed Victim A into the one bathroom stall with a door. ...

"Victim A was holding a sink to avoid going into the bathroom when Montano grabbed her hand and pulled her into the stall.... Montano then unzipped Victim A's top and pulled her breasts out to play with. Victim A again told Montano to stop. Sanchez Milian came into the stall. Montano unbuckled Victim A's pants and pulled it down. Montano pressed his body against Victim A. Victim A tried to push Montano off. Montano grabbed Victim A's arms and turned her around. Montano bent victim over the toilet. Victim A again said to stop.

"Montano and Sanchez Milian spoke to each other in Spanish. Then Sanchez Milian sat in front of Victim A on the toilet with his penis pulled out. Sanchez Milian forced his penis inside Victim A's mouth and forced oral sex. Victim A tried to lift up but Sanchez Milian held the back of Victim a's head.

"During the same time, Montano attempted to force anal intercourse with Victim A. Victim A felt Montano's penis against her butt and felt pain. Victim A cried out in pain.... Montano then forced vaginal intercourse with Victim A from behind.... Once Montano pulled his penis from Victim A's vagina, Montano and Sanchez Milian switched positions....

"Montano held the back of Victim A's head. At the same time, Sanchez Milian penetrated Victim A's anus with his penis and forced anal intercourse with Victim A. Then Sanchez Milian pulled out and penetrated Victim A's vagina with his penis.... Sanchez Milian held onto Victim A's hands against her waist while he forced anal and vaginal intercourse. Victim A repeatedly said to stop.

"They heard the door. Sanchez Milian left and Montano told Victim A to be quiet. Montano also put his hand over Victim A's mouth to keep her quiet."

Sanchez and Montano then spoke in Spanish again and put Sanchez's jacket over the victim's head. They walked her out of the bathroom and then left her. She went into the girl's bathroom, then exited and saw the two suspects coming back. She then left the area and told school staff what had happened.   

The police report further states that Montano was interviewed on March 16 "at which time he denied having any sexual contact with Victim A. Montano stated that they went to the bathroom to tell jokes." The forensics specialist for the police then "processed the boy's bathroom and observed suspected blood that may be mixed with male fluid."

Based upon the interviews and forensics information, the police detective stated there was probable cause to arrest Montano and Sanchez-Milian. 

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an "immigration detainer" was placed on "Henry Sanchez-Milian, a citizen of Guatemala, on March 17, 2017, after he was arrested by Montgomery County Police on criminal charges."

ICE "places detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being deportable, so that ICE can take custody of those individuals when they are released from local custody," said ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke.

ICE is not able to comment on Jose Montano's immigration status because he is a minor, said Bourke. 

On Friday, the principal of the Rockville High School, Billie-Jean Benson, issued the following letter to parents:  

"I am writing to inform you about a serious incident that occurred at our school yesterday, March 16, 2017, and share with you how it is being addressed.

"It was reported to administration that a student was sexually assaulted by two students in a restroom.  We immediately contacted the Montgomery County Police Department.  The police conducted an investigation and subsequently executed arrests on school property of the alleged assailants. I am unable to share further details at this time as this is an ongoing police investigation.

"Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is our top priority. Our staff remains vigilant in the monitoring of our school each and every day. Please remind your child that if they believe they are a victim of an assault or see something inappropriate, they should immediately tell a staff member."

Also, on Sunday, March 19, the superintendent of schools for Montgomery County, Jack R. Smith, issued a statement that, in part, said: "I know community members have many questions about this serious incident. To ensure we do not unintentionally prejudice an ongoing investigation, MCPS cannot provide any additional details about this specific case at this time.  However, we believe more information about this incident will be made available by law enforcement in the coming weeks.

"The safety and security of every student in our district is our top priority and a responsibility that we do not take lightly. We have and will continue to work every day to ensure our schools are safe places to learn."

 

 

 

Michael writes for CNSNews.com. He has worked as a writer for The McLaughlin Group; associate editor of Consumers' Research magazine; associate editor of Human Events; editorial page editor of The Lima News; journalism fellow for The Phillips Foundation; editorial writer and national issues reporter for Investor's Business Daily; and editorial director of the Cato Institute. Michael graduated with Special Honors in English (B.A.) from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, Claire, and their five children in Virginia.


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