Lawyer in Case of Alleged Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl Drops Bombshell, Says Her Texts Prove She Wanted Sex

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After a 14-year-old girl alleged she was brutally raped in a Maryland high school bathroom during school hours, a lawyer for one of the defendants has claimed that’s not the full story.

Andrew Jezic — a lawyer for 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, one of the teens accused of the rape at Rockville High School — told CBS Baltimore:

“Initially, there was a quick conclusion by the public. Understandably, that this was a violent, forceable rape, where the victim was completely helpless.”

He went on to explain, however, that explicit text messages and photos found on the phone of the other defendant, 17-year-old Jose Montano, “prove” that the encounter was consensual:

“There was an agreement the night before, and also actions taken by both of them, to meet in the middle of the morning on school property for one purpose. For a sexual liaison.”

According to The Washington Post, an attorney for Montano, David Wooten, claimed the girl texted “explicitly compromising images of herself” to his client:

“This was a consensual act. It was preplanned.”

According to The Washington Post, defense lawyers claimed the girl had discussed previous sexual encounters with Montano via text, and that she consented to have sex with him “the next day during P.E. class.”

Police are reportedly standing by their findings that the sex was not consensual.

Fox News is now reporting that the judge denied bond for Montano, telling the courtroom that the “salacious” text messages and video do not prove his innocence.

“The encounter begins in the hallway.”

According to CBS Baltimore, Lisae C. Jordan from the the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault told the outlet that text messages do not necessarily prove consent. As she explained:

“A promise to have sex, a text flirting, communications — those don’t mean that you consented to sex. You can always say no.”

According to a legal resource, the age of consent in Maryland is 16.

Montano and Sanchez-Milian are currently in police custody on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault. Sanchez-Milian’s first hearing before a judge is in two weeks.

The story of the incident has stirred outrage for the alleged crime itself and for it being reported that Sanchez-Milian had entered the country illegally. The immigration status of Montano has not been disclosed because of his age.

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According to WTOP, Jezic said his client is 100 percent innocent: “The young man says he’s innocent, and we’re going to plead 100 percent innocent, 100 percent not guilty.”

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