Lawyer for accused Rockville High School rapist says sex with 14-year-old girl was consensual

- A lawyer for one of the teens accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a Montgomery County high school bathroom says the encounter was consensual. Attorney Andrew Jezic says his client, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, will plead not guilty to rape and sex offense charges.

Sanchez, and 17-year-old Jose Montano, are accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at Rockville High School last Thursday. Sanchez and Montano were arrested the same day of the alleged incident.

In an email statement sent to FOX 5, Jezic says, "This case is a perfect example of why we have a presumption of innocence - because most people have assumed he is guilty, only based on hearsay accounts, even when he did not confess."

"There has been a rush to judgment," Jezic's statement continued. "We believe that he is innocent."

Both Sanchez and Montano are in the country illegally, according to authorities. According to court documents, the 14-year-old victim was walking with Montano in a school hallway Thursday morning when he asked her for sex. The police report indicates she said no. The two suspects then are accused of forcing the girl into a boy's bathroom and into a stall where they raped, sodomized and forced her to perform oral sex. The police report indicates she said no repeatedly, and tried to yell and fight them off but was unable to.

Continuing Coverage:

Rockville High School parents issue concerns at school meeting days following rape arrests

Sean Spicer calls rape of Maryland teen in school bathroom ‘horrendous, horrible and disgusting'

Md. Governor calls out MCPS' 'lack of cooperation' in Rockville High rape case

MCPS superintendent finally speaks to FOX 5 about Rockville High School rape case

Md. resident opposed to becoming sanctuary state ‘horrified' by reported rape at Rockville HS

Many questions, few answers after alleged rape in Rockville High bathroom

Police: 2 students charged with raping girl in high school bathroom

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

More Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories