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17-year-old accused in Rockville rape awaits trial

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ROCKVILLE – Prosecutors will have until May 5 to decide whether to go forward with rape and sexual assault charges against Jose O. Montano, a Rockville High School student accused of raping a fellow student.

Montano, 17, along with Henry E. Sanchez, 18, was charged with first-degree rape and two first-degree sexual offense charges after police said the two Rockville High School students raped a 14-year-old girl during school hours.

District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe set Montano’s trial date for May 5, which means the state’s attorney will have until then to either proceed or drop the charges against Montano.

“Hopefully, they’ll make the right decision and realize Mr. Montano was arrested hastily without an investigation,” said Montano’s attorney, David Wooten.

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Outrage over high school rape

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Parents worry for safety while school system defends actions in wake of crime

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The federal government will take no special actions against Montgomery County or Rockville, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, following a rape of a 14- year-old female student at Rockville High School allegedly involving an 18-year-old and 17-year-old undocumented immigrants.

Both Rockville and Montgomery County do not cooperate with federal authorities on enforcing immigration law unless the person is a violent offender.

“Our policy and executive order speak for themselves,” Spicer said, but added there was “nothing special” planned against either the city or the county.

On Friday, police arrested two students from Rockville High School and charged them with first-degree rape, after allegedly raping a fellow female student Thursday morning around nine a.m.

Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, are both charged with one count of first-degree rape and two first-degree sex offenses and are being held without bond.

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The politics of a local tragedy

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Somewhere in this county right now a 14-year-old girl is confused, angry and hurting. Dragged into a bathroom at her high school and repeatedly raped, she has been violated and her humanity torn from her in a way no child should ever face.
An 18-year-old illegal immigrant stands accused of the crime along with a 17-year-old juvenile illegal immigrant – one of whom was facing deportation hearings - and because of who they are the story has taken on national significance.

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Police arrest and charge two male students with rape at high school

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Montgomery County Police arrested and charged two male students, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school, according to a news release.

The two individuals are being held without bond, according to Montgomery County State’s Attorney Spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

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Wootton students asked to help prevent sexual assault

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ROCKVILLE – Barbara Clay walked out of Wootton High School’s auditorium feeling upbeat after sitting through a presentation about dating abuse with her ninth-grade daughter.

“Every relationship I’ve had was abusive and I don’t want her to go through it,” Barbara Clay said about her 15-year-old-daughter, Rachel. “It’s a pattern and I want her to recognize the signs.”

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Man found guilty of repeated rape

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ROCKVILLE – A jury found a Silver Spring man guilty of nine counts of sexual abusing his ex-girlfriend’s daughter Aug. 18.

“This case is about a 12-year-old girl who was asleep in her bed, who was brutally and repeatedly raped by someone she considered a father or at the very least, a step-father,” said prosecutor Elizabeth Haynos.

According to police, 35-year-old Kester Cuthbert raped and sexually abused his victim during the course of two years from January 2013 to January 2015.

He is due back in court in October for sentencing and faces a maximum of 190 years in prison.

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Police charge jail guard with sexual assault

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police charged a correctional facility employee April 11 with sexual assault against an inmate at the Montgomery County Detention Center on Seven Locks Road.

According to the center’s director, the employee, Omotunde Rauf Sanusi, worked for the facility for 10 years. A preliminary hearing with Sanusi is set for May 6.

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Damascus tattoo artist arrested for sex offenses against clients

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handcuffedFor the second time within a year a Damascus tattoo artist has been arrested for inappropriately touching two female customers.

Montgomery County Police arrested 35-year-old Mark Matthews of the 1000 block of Shelldrake Circle in Damascus and charged him with a second-degree sex offense along with felony charges.

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