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UPDATE: New safety measures in place after alleged rape at Rockville High School; two students remain jailed

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ROCKVILLE, MD – Montgomery County Public Schools leaders said they are putting an extra emphasis on student security following the rape of a female freshman student on the Rockville High School campus during the school day Thursday.

MCPD have arrested and charged two Rockville High School students, one who can’t be named because he is 17, and Henry E. Sanchez, age 18, of Aspen Hill, with rape.

On Thursday, March 16, school administrators notified Montgomery County Police that a juvenile female student reported to them that she had been sexually assaulted in a boy’s bathroom by two male students. MCPD detectives were notified of this report and began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 16, the victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as the 17-year-old and Sanchez. The 17-year-old asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez. The 17-year-old asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse.  She refused. The 17-year-old asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall. The 17-year-old and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.

On Tuesday, at a press conference addressing the issue, superintendent Dr. Jack Smith said the alleged attack occurred in the back of the school, in a remote area. When asked if students should feel safe at school he said that ultimately the blame should lie with the two suspects if they are convicted of the crime but that both he, teachers and staff members also feel responsible for the safety of all students.

Smith said safety policies at the school have changed to make roaming the halls between periods more safe.

Montgomery County police said the crime was ‘not random’ but would not expand on how well the accuser knew her attackers citing the ongoing investigation.

The 17-year-old and Sanchez were arrested on school property by SVID investigators.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.  They are being held without bond.

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