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Teen charged in Rockville High School rape case in court Friday

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 17:22:08-04

The attorney for an undocumented immigrant accused of raping a fellow student said his client plans to testify at trial and expects to be found not guilty.

Henry Sanchez, 18, is one of two teens accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom at Rockville High School in March. 

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Sanchez appeared in court Friday. 

"There exists electronic messages between Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Montano where our client is attempting to obtain assurances that the alleged victim in this case is willing and wants to have an actual sexual encounter with both my client and the co-defendant in this case," his lawyer David Hollenberg said. 

One of two teens accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom is due in court Friday. 18-year-old Henry Sanchez has a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County.

See also: Rockville rape suspect to be plead "not guilty"

Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano are both charged as adults with first degree rape. Police say they sexually assaulted a classmate in the boy's bathroom at Rockville High School in March.

The defense claims it was consensual, pointing to texts they claim the 14-year-old sent Montano agreeing to have sex with him. Prosecutors disagree, saying the teens plotted the whole thing. Claiming they have text messages Montano and Sanchez sent each other that Montano would have sex with the girl and Sanchez would interrupt and threaten to tell a teacher if they didn't let him take part.

The White House cited the case as why President Donald Trump wants to crack down on illegal immigration. Both teens are immigrants, at least one is in the U.S. illegally.