WASHINGTON — The two teenagers who were recently cleared in a highly publicized rape case centering on Maryland’s Rockville High School are now fighting to stay in the United States and against newly announced child pornography charges.
On Friday, Montgomery County prosecutors dropped first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense charges against Henry Sanchez Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, who was charged as an adult.
State’s Attorney John McCarthy said an intensive investigation had cast doubt on the 14-year-old victim’s initial report that she had been forced into a boys’ bathroom and raped repeatedly.
Attorneys for Sanchez Milian and Montano had argued the events in the high school bathroom were consensual.
In dropping the rape charges, McCarthy announced Milian and Montano would be charged with possession of child pornography, but would not take questions on his charging decision.