Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala
(Montgomery County Police Department)
A 14-year-old girl enrolled at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md. was raped, sodomized and performing oral sex in a campus bathroom stall by two older male students, at least one of them in the country illegally, the police and the immigration officials said Monday.
Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 pm last Thursday.
“The victim was walking in a school corridor, when she met two male students, that if Montano and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse. She refused,” Montgomery County Police said in a statement.
“Montano asked the victim again and forced her in a boy’s bathroom, and then in a barn. Montano and Sanchez both the victim raped in the bathroom stall.”
Court records describe the ruthless and brutal attack by both Montano and Sanchez, who allegedly raped the girl several times, vaginally, orally sodomized her, as they spoke to each other in Spanish. Blood and male fluids were recovered from the scene by a forensic expert, court records show.
The victim knew only one of her alleged attackers, court record show.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Special Victims Investigations Division arrested Montano and Sanchez-Milian after school officials reported the incident.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security databases, a Border Patrol agent stopped Sanchez-Milian in August 2016 in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and determined he would have entered the country illegally from Mexico.
Sanchez-Milian was ordered to appear before an immigration judge, but the hearing has not yet been scheduled.
He has no previous encounters with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a spokesman for the agency said.
The ICE cream has since lodged an immigration detainer against Sanchez-Milian. The agency places detainers on individuals arrested on local criminal charges and are suspected of being deportable, so that the ICE can take custody of those people if they are released from the local authority.
No information was released on the 17-year-old Montano, other than his name, due to privacy restrictions related to him being a minor, an ICE spokesman confirmed.
However, The Washington Post reported Montano arrived in the US eight months ago, and is a citizen of Guatemala.
All students are in the ninth grade, according to Fox 5 DC.
The station reported the judge who oversaw the alleged attackers’ bond hearing, refused to release them on bail, because both the students “dangerous and flight risks.”
Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ramon Korionoff told NBC News, “These are very serious allegations that a lifetime prison sentence. The potential of life in prison would be available if we prosecute these people.” Both Montano and Sanchez will be tried as adults.
The incident is horrifying, devastating for the young girl, and “disturbing on so many levels,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Washington, D. C. based Center for Immigration Studies.
She said that the Obama administration, and the “disastrous handling” of the wave of illegal aliens arriving from Central America, is partly to blame, pointing to at least one, and possibly both of the young people were a part of that increase.
“The rise of the Central American children has become a major problem in many of the school districts where they are permitted to settle,” Vaughan said.
Montgomery County is one of the more infamous sanctuary policy”, Vaughan said, and the police are intentionally not cooperating with ICE.
“The result is that many gang members and other criminals and miscreants are allowed to remain in the province in violation of the immigration laws and the cause of problems like this,” Vaughan said, noting that just this week the city of Rockville was considering for its own sanctuary policy.
“Montgomery, similar to others who have included a large number of Central American young people, has a dramatic increase in violence was attributed to gangs such as MS-13, and this is especially a problem in the high schools,” Vaughan said. “This is one of the worst scenarios that was bound to happen, and it is not an isolated case.”
A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Public Schools wrote a letter to the parents to inform them about the incident. Said they provide a safe and inviting learning environment for all students is a “top priority.”
“Our staff continues to be vigilant in the monitoring of our school every day. Please remind your child that if they believe that they are victim of an attack or see something inappropriate, they should immediately tell a member of staff,” said Gboyinde Onijala, Senior Communications Specialist, with the Department of Public Information and Web Services Montgomery County Public Schools.
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