Two months ago, we published the story of two illegal immigrants, aged 17 and 18, who were accused of raping a 14-year old Maryland girl in their high school bathroom. The allegations sent shockwaves through the city of Rockville and garnered global attention from the media. Now, the town has been turned upside again, after prosecutors announced they would not be filing charges in the case.
Nearly two months after charges were first filed against two Rockville High School students accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom, the case has hit a dead end. In Montgomery County District Court Friday morning, prosecutors officially dropped the rape charges against a 17-year-old student, who was charged as an adult, and they confirmed that the rape case against 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian is in the process of being dropped.
“After a complete and thorough assessment of the facts, our duty is to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to support criminal charges in violation of Maryland law, regardless of public opinion or political pressures,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said. The two things that prosecutors didn’t mention in their statement, however, was that the victim recanted or that the incident was…
Maryland’s minor consent laws, provide that a child between the ages of 14 and 16 can consent to a sexual relationship if their partner is not “more than four years older than them.” However, the true ages of the suspects are still in question leaving many citizens wondering why they weren’t at least charged with statutory rape.
Nevertheless, Sanchez-Milian and his co-defendant are not getting away free just yet. The state attorney’s office did file charges against both illegals for possession of child pornography. Maria Menas, attorney for the 17-year old, called the charges “egregious,” saying that the victim should be charged for being “the maker and distributor” of the pictures.
In his initial reaction to the case, MD Governor Larry Hogan asked, “How was an 18-year-old who was already picked up for crossing the border illegally apparently able to be in a class with a 14-year-old girl?”
Montgomery county has repeatedly ignored ICE detainer requests, and Maryland is poised to become the first official “sanctuary state” in the U.S.