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Two immigrant 9th graders — one 18, the other 17 — charged with rape of 14-year-old girl

Two immigrant 9th graders — one 18, the other 17 — charged with rape of 14-year-old girl

Andrew Blake | The Washington Times -- 

Two ninth grade students accused of raping a 14-year-old classmate inside a high school bathroom this week will remain behind bars pending future court proceedings, a Maryland judge ruled Friday.

Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were arrested at Rockville High School on Thursday and charged with three counts each in connection with the rape of a female classmate. Montgomery County District Judge Eugene Wolfe refused to grant bond to either during a Friday court hearing and ordered them to remain in custody until their next appearance.

Both young men took turns raping the girl according to police documents. She notified administrators soon afterwards, who in turn alerted local law enforcement.

Montano and Sanchez were arrested at school that same day and were both charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offenses.

Both boys have been charged as adults, and each faces the possibility of life behind bars if convicted, prosecutors said Friday.

Both boys have only been in the United States for less than a year and pose the risk of fleeing, The Washington Post reported from Friday’s court hearing.

Sanchez, a Guatemala native, arrived in the country about seven months ago and is the subject of a pending “alien removal” case, the Post reported. Montano, meanwhile, arrived in the U.S. roughly eight months ago, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment on his status since he is underage, according to WTOP.



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