Charges dropped against teens in Rockville school rape case

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 17:22:44-04

Prosecutors have dropped charges against one of two teens accused of raping a fellow student in a Maryland high school bathroom.

A prosecutor told a judge Friday authorities are dropping rape and sex offense charges against a 17-year-old, who was charged as an adult, along with 18-year-old Henry Sanchez in the alleged assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Attorney Maria Mena says the younger teen now faces child pornography charges in juvenile court. The AP doesn't typically identify juveniles charged with crimes and is no longer naming the 17-year-old because he is now charged as a juvenile.

An Associate Press report said attorney Andrew Jezic was told charges against the older student, Sanchez, would be dropped.

The White House called the case an example of why the president wants to crack down on illegal immigration.