Two public high school students in Maryland, 19 and 20 years old, have been arrested for alleged rape of several 11-year-old girls from the campus in separate incidents.
Jonathan Coreas-Salamanca, 20, and Ivan Reyes Lopez, 19, have both been accused of second-degree rape. Coreas-Salamanca is confronted with additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sexual crime.
Coreas-Salamanca, a Salvadoran citizen living illegally in the US, was arrested on February 13 at the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, where he was enrolled as a student.
Six days later, the police arrested Lopez at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he is a student.
Both students had migrated to the US and were enrolled in the Montgomery County Public School system.
Montgomery County made headlines last year for their refuge city policy, but has since withdrawn, allowing ICE to work with the police under certain circumstances.
Maryland public high school students Jonathan Coreas-Salamanca, 20, (left) and Ivan Reyes Lopez, 19, (right) have both been accused of second-degree rape after being arrested earlier this month for alleged mistreatment of several 11-year-old girls in separate incidents
Under Maryland state law, every resident aged five to 21 is entitled to free public education.
Coreas-Salamanca lived in Adelphi, Maryland and was illegal in the US, according to US immigration and customs enforcement.
It is not clear when he arrived in the US or how long he has been living in the country. CBP said he was a minor when he arrived in the US.
ICE has deposited an immigration keeper at the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
He is accused of giving an 11-year-old girl a cell phone last year.
With the help of that telephone, he exchanged explicit text messages and photos with the girl and arranged sexual encounters.
The victim’s father discovered the phone on Christmas Eve and found a whole series of text messages describing “vaginal intercourse, fellatio and cunnilingus.”
The father reported a text message to the police in which the suspect advised the victim that “she bit his penis the last time she performed fellatio,” according to legal documents.
Coreas-Salamanca, a Salvadoran citizen living illegally in the US, was arrested on February 13 at the Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring (above), where he was enrolled as a student.
“The purpose of the defendant Coreas-Salamanca in sending the text message was to teach victim A how to perform fellatio better,” the documents said.
The father reported the phone to the police and the police grabbed the phone for forensic analysis.
Lopez emigrated from Honduras almost three years ago and lived with his uncle in Silver Spring, according to legal documents.
He is accused of luring another 11-year-old from a park near the Rollingwood Apartments in Silver Spring to his family’s apartment.
There he told the girl to sit on a bed and turned on Netflix before she raped her, the victim told detectives.
Lopez, who spoke through a Spanish translator, argued to investigators that he was leading the victim by hand to his bedroom and that the two had “consensual vaginal intercourse,” court documents say.
Both were denied the bond at first appearances of the court.
Coreas-Salamanca is faced with a maximum of 55 years in prison, while Lopez is confronted with 20 years.
Coreas-Salamanca faces a higher sentence because he is accused of repeatedly abusing his victim.
Six days later, the police arrested Lopez at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (above), where he is a student. Lopez emigrated from Honduras almost three years ago and lived with his uncle in Silver Spring, according to legal documents
When asked how many students aged 19, 20, and 21 are currently enrolled in the public public school system, the MCPS declined to comment.
‘There is no evidence to suggest that a student in high school at the age of 19, 20 or 21 makes a person more or less likely to commit a crime. Any other suggestion is wrong and trying to connect there with students enrolled in our district is wrong, “spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala told WJLA.
The two incidents in the same school district have led to outrage among parents.
‘If the school system does not allow an employee or a volunteer to return to school while being confronted with such serious charges, how does that change if it is a student? They are older than 18. They are men. They just use a different badge to go to school, “said Jennifer Gross, a native of Montgomery County, mother and long-standing advocate of sexual assault.
‘Will they be allowed to return to class? Will they be allowed to return to public high school? she added.
“These are mature men. They are over 18 years of age and simply because you are enrolled in MCPS schools – or any other school system – does not change the fact that you are legally an adult, “she said.
Last year, Montgomery County withdrew the sanctuary policy after a series of arrests of undocumented migrants related to alleged rape or sexual abuse.
In 2019, Marc Elrich, Democratic district of Montgomery County, issued an executive order prohibiting provincial police from asking a person about their immigration status and banning officials from cooperating with ICE agents.
In November 2019, however, the county announced that ICE agents would be given access to certain parts of the Montgomery prison to arrest illegal aliens.