By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A Maryland county with a notorious reputation for as a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens is coming under fire from federal officials after releasing a rape suspect in the country illegally despite a detainer request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
â€œU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lodged a detainer on Aug. 12 with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Detention Center on unlawfully present Salvadoran national Rodrigo Castro-Montejo following his arrest for rape and other related charges,â€ reads a statement from ICEâ€™s Maryland office to Blaze Media.
â€œOn Aug. 13, the facility failed to honor the detainer, andÂ released Castro from custody.â€
As reported byÂ WJLA-TV, Montgomery Countyâ€™s policy allows jail officials to contact ICE if the suspect has committed a â€œserious crimeâ€ and has had an ICE detainer filed previously.
ICE officials say they followed that procedure butÂ local authorities then violated the policy in so they could release the suspect.
WJLA-TV described the factors that led to Castro-Montejoâ€™s arrest.
A Salvadoran national residing in Florida, Castro-Montejo’s accuser notes that before he came to Maryland for a wedding last weekend, he had organized a meeting with her on social media. She claims the two went out drinking and dancing, she blacked out, then woke up to him raping her.
MORE: According to police, Castro-Montejo raped a female friend after a night of heavy drinking.
The victim texted Castro-Montejo from the hospital, asking if he stopped at touching or engaged in sexual intercourse.
"Oo a little bit of both to be honest," he allegedly replied. pic.twitter.com/InNW4R26XC
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 19, 2019
After appearing to admit he engaged in sexual intercourse against the victim’s will, Castro-Montejo was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault Saturday, August 10, and was later granted a $10,000 bail by a judge. He was able to post the required 10 percent, or $1,000, and then walked out of jail.
Conservative Review notes further:
Two years ago, ICE accused Montgomery County of releasing another Salvadoran national without honoring a federal detainer despite the fact that the 18-year-old in question was arrested forÂ taking a stolen AR-15 to school with him.
Just last week in Montgomery County,Â police arrested two illegal aliens from El Salvador, Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, for raping an 11-year-old child.Â The investigation was reportedly triggered by a discussion the child had with a school social worker last month.
Montgomery County was also the setting for the infamousÂ Rockville rape case, in which a 14-year-old girl was allegedly brutally raped by two illegal immigrants in a public school bathroom. One of the accused was from Guatemala, the other from El Salvador.
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