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Trial date set for Sanchez

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Sanchez mug shotHenry Sanchez                 FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John Debelius set Oct. 24 as the trial date for Henry E. Sanchez, a Rockville High School student formerly charged with rape. He is now charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.

Sanchez, 18, along with Jose O. Montano, was charged with one count of first-degree rape and two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old female student at Rockville High School, but the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County decided to drop the charges after an independent investigation showed there was not enough evidence to proceed.

“After a painstaking investigation and review of these matters, we have concluded that the facts of this case do not support the charges originally filed in this matter,” McCarthy said after the state dropped the charges against Sanchez May 4.

While the rape and sexual assault charges have been dropped against Sanchez, he is now being charged with two counts of child pornography.

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"Facts...do not support the charges"

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Prosecutor drops rape case against teen charged in alleged Rockville rape

John McCarthy at press conferenceMontgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.                    PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY

ROCKVILLE – A prosecutor from the State’s Attorney’s office for Montgomery County dropped the rape charge against Jose Montano, 17, in Montgomery County District Court Friday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Herdman dropped the rape charge on behalf of the prosecution, spokesperson Ramon Korionoff said.

Police charged Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez with first-degree rape and two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on March 16 at Rockville High School.

According to Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, the prosecution dropped the charges against Montano after its independent investigation showed that there was not enough evidence to prove that Montano raped the 14-year-old Rockville High School student.                                                            

“After a painstaking investigation and review of these matters, we have concluded that the facts of this case do not support the charges originally filed in this matter,” McCarthy said.

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State drops rape case against Montano

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ROCKVILLE -- The State’s Attorney office for Montgomery County dropped all charges against Jose Montano, 17, Friday in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville.

Montano along with Henry Sanchez, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on March 16 at Rockville High School.

According to John McCarthy, the state’s attorney for Montgomery County, the charges against Montano were dropped after an independent investigation showed that there was not enough evidence to prove that Montano raped the 14-year-old Rockville High School student.

“After a painstaking investigation and review of these matters, we have concluded that the facts of this case do not support the charges originally filed in this matter,” McCarthy said in statement.

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Sanchez waives preliminary hearing for trial

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ROCKVILLE -- An attorney for Henry E. Sanchez, one of the students charged with the rape of a 14- year-old girl at Rockville High School, waived his preliminary hearing Friday.

David Hollenberg, one of the attorneys representing Sanchez, said last week he expects that a grand jury will indict his client.

“When the time does come, Mr. Sanchez will testify in front of 12 voters pulled from the rolls of the Motor Vehicle Administration that are residents in Montgomery County and he will testify to that – to indicate that this was purely a consensual sexual encounter,” Hollenber said.

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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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Attorney claims consensual sex in Rockville High case

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ROCKVILLE – Attorneys for one of the students charged with the rape of a 14-year old girl at Rockville High School say new evidence shows their client is innocent.

At last week’s bond hearing for Jose O. Montano, 17, attorneys representing Montano said text messages between Montano and the 14-year-old girl show that the sex between them was consensual and not rape.

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Immigration issue overshadows rape

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Outrage and sadness erupted after a girl reported a rape in a Rockville High School bathroom on March 16.

But the unity of emotion following the rape of a 14-year-old student comes to a crashing halt when the topic of immigration surfaces.

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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

Sanchez mug shotHenry E. Sanchez        POLICE COURTESY PHOTO

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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