Two Maryland high school students who recently arrived in the U.S. from Central America are being charged for raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom Thursday.
The suspects, Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, are in ninth grade at Rockville High School. Both are recent arrivals to the U.S., Sanchez from Guatemala and Montano from El Salvador, WUSA9 reported.
The judge said that Sanchez is currently facing deportation proceedings, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t comment on Montano’s immigration status as he is a minor. Both arrived in the U.S. in the past couple of months. Montano is from El Salvador and Sanchez is from Guatemala.
“I believe that you are a danger,” District Judge Eugene Wolfe told Sanchez, according to The Washington Post.
Police say Montano forced the girl into a school restroom after she refused to have sex with him. The girl fought back, at one point holding on to a sink to avoid the assault, but Montano allegedly pushed the girl into a stall where he and Sanchez took turns holding her down and raping her, according to the police affidavit.
After hearing a noise, Sanchez fled, but Montano simply tried to silence the girl, who eventually broke free and was able to tell a staff member, the police report said.
“Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is our top priority,” a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson wrote in a letter sent to parents. “Our staff remains vigilant in the monitoring of our school each and every day.”
Sanchez and Montano are both also freshmen despite being ages 18 and 17, respectively. The incident comes a month after an illegal immigrant teen was captured after allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl near D.C.