Border Patrol Had Questioned Md. Rape Suspect in Texas

WASHINGTON — One of the two suspects accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at Rockville High School last week was in the country illegally and had been questioned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas more than six months ago.

Eighteen-year-old Henry Sanchez Milian has been attending the high school as a 9th grader. He’s originally from Guatemala and court records indicate he arrived in Montgomery County, Maryland, seven months ago.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett has issued a statement saying he was “immediately sick and disgusted” by the case. He says the suspects have no previous involvement in the county’s criminal justice system but they do have outstanding orders involving U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement.

“If convicted, and after serving their sentences, the county — consistent with our long-standing policy — will cooperate fully with ICE to see that the two are deported to their countries of origin,” Leggett said.

A second suspect — 17-year-old Jose Montano — is charged as an adult. The two students are accused of raping the girl in a boys’ bathroom at the school.

A spokesman for ICE says the Department of Homeland Security database shows that in August 2016, Sanchez-Milian was encountered by a border patrol agent in Rio Valley Grande, Texas. He was issued a notice to appear in front of an immigration judge, which is “currently waiting to be scheduled.”

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