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Maryland high school rape suspect

Two high school boys arrested for violently raping girl in bathroom

by Leigh Egan

Two high school students in Montgomery County, Maryland, are facing rape charges after a teen girl accused them of raping her inside a bathroom on Thursday.

CBS Baltimore reports that Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez, 18 (pictured), were arrested on site at Rockville High School by the SVID investigators, after a 14-year-old girl reported that they sexually assaulted her at around 9 a.m.

According to the victim, the two suspects ran into her while she was walking down a school walkway. They reportedly asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, they grabbed her and forced into the boys’ bathroom and shoved her into a stall. The victim stated both suspects took turns raping her.

Both Montano and Sanchez are facing two counts each of first-degree sexual assault and one count each of first-degree rape. The teens are behind bars without bond.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press conference that both suspects are being treated as adults, and that the crimes they’re accused of are extremely serious, and could lead to life in prison if convicted.

“These are very serious allegations carrying a life sentence. The potential of life in prison would be available as we prosecute these individuals.”

A court-appointed lawyer is pushing to have the youngest suspect, Montano, moved to a juvenile facility. He has a court appearance on March 31. Sanchez is expected in court on April 14.

According to WUSA, both students are “recent arrivals to the U.S.” Sanchez is from Guatemala and has a pending “alien removal case.” Montano is from El Salvador. Both students are in the 9th grade.

[Feature Photo: Montgomery County PD]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.