Maryland Rape Case: No Bond for Teen Who Claims Sex With Victim, 14, was Consensual
A Maryland judge denied bond for a 17-year-old accused of raping a 14-year-old in a high school bathroom, ruling that alleged salacious text messages and an explicit video did not prove his innocence.
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“I’m not persuaded. That’s not an argument that can be sustained,” Maryland District Court Judge James B. Sarsfield said during a court hearing Thursday. “The request is denied without prejudice.”
Prosecutors suggested an examination of electronic devices still under way contains evidence of the two rape defendants flashing “MS-13 gang signs.”
Jose Montano, a 17-year-old ninth grader in Rockville, Md., is accused of raping the girl in a bathroom stall during school hours.
Montano’s lawyer asked for the court hearing to try and prove the sex was consensual. The lawyers said they had a video in which the 14-year-old accuser is masturbating and asking Montano, “do you like it?” They also said they had text messages that showed the two planned to meet up for sex and the girl asked him not to bring a condom because she “was having her period.”