2017 | Schools

MCPS Superintendent Says Rockville High Is Evaluating Security After Reported Rape

Ongoing investigation prevents school officials from sharing details of case, Smith wrote

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Henry Sanchez

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The Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent says education officials are reviewing security measures at Rockville High School following the reported rape of a student in a restroom.

In an open letter posted online Sunday, Superintendent Jack Smith wrote the accusations are “horrible and unacceptable” and that MCPS immediately reached out to county police after learning about the alleged sexual assault on Thursday.

Two Rockville High students, Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez, 18, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense. A female student at the school told police that Montano, whose address is unconfirmed, had forced her into a bathroom stall, where he and Sanchez of Aspen Hill raped her, according to authorities.

“I know community members have many questions about this serious incident. To ensure we do not unintentionally prejudice an ongoing investigation, MCPS cannot provide any additional details about this specific case at this time,” Smith wrote. “However, we believe more information about this incident will be made available by law enforcement in the coming weeks.”

Smith also said “our thoughts are with the student who reported the incident and her family” and school officials are committed to supporting them. Staff at Rockville High School also are working with students and the school community to address concerns and offer support, according to the letter.