Father of Rockville High School Rape Suspect Arrested by ICE

Sanchez-Reyes is the father of 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, one of two teenage students charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offenses of a 14-year-old girl inside a bathroom at the Montgomery County high school.

Sanchez, who is from Guatemala, came to the U.S. illegally in August and was encountered by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas, federal immigration officials said.

The two teenagers accused of raping a ninth-grader at Rockville High School last week were among tens of thousands of young people who crossed the U.S. -Mexico border illegally in 2016. The agent determined that Sanchez had illegally entered the USA from Mexico without proper documentation.

Attorney Andrew Jezic said his client, Henry Sanchez-Milian, told reporters that ICE released his client because it doesn't have the resources to deal with the the influx of illegals entering America. He was detained for 12 days before being placed with the Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, but ICE later relocated him to Maryland to join his father.

Jezic explained that court hearings are delayed, and what used to be scheduled four months out is now taking anywhere from five months to a year, but that Sanchez will receive a court date and he will seek asylum as he flees his home country of Guatemala. "His father picked him up at BWI Airport and he's been in this country with the full awareness of ICE".

The immigration status of the other suspect, identified by police as Jose Montano, 17, of El Salvador, was not immediately clear.

  • Carolyn Briggs