Four Juvenile Males Previously Charged in Damascus High School Assaults Now Charged as Adults

The Montgomery County Police Department- Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID), at the direction of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, have charged four of the defendants previously charged as juveniles in the October 31, 2018, Damascus High School sexual assaults as adults.  The fifth juvenile remains charged as a juvenile.

The four juveniles were arrested this morning on the strength of Montgomery County criminal warrants and transported to the Central Processing Unit.

The juveniles being charged as adults and the offenses they are being charged with are as follows:

Jean Claude Abedi, age 15, of Clarksburg, Maryland – charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.

Kristian Jamal Lee, age 15, of Germantown, Maryland – charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.

Will Daniel Smith, age 15, of Clarksburg, Maryland – charged with two counts of First-Degree Rape, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Rape, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.

Caleb Thorpe, age 15, of Gaithersburg, Maryland – charged with four counts of First-Degree Rape and four counts of Conspiracy to Commit First-Degree Rape.

Any inquiries regarding the prosecution of these individuals should be directed to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office at 240-777-7300.

Note: Photographs of the defendants will not be released because they are juveniles.

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