Two Male High School Students Charged with Rape of Female High School Student

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged two Rockville High School students, Jose O. Montano, age 17, of an unconfirmed address, and Henry E. Sanchez, age 18, of Bel Pre Road in the Aspen Hill area, with the rape of a juvenile female Rockville High School student.  The rape occurred at the school yesterday during school hours.  Montano has been charged as an adult in this crime.

On Thursday, March 16, school administrators notified Montgomery County Police that a juvenile female student reported to them that she had been sexually assaulted in a boy’s bathroom by two male students.  SVID detectives were notified of this report and began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 16, the victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse.  She refused.  Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall.  Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.

Montano and Sanchez were arrested on school property by SVID investigators.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.  They were held without bond and will have bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.

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Montano’s photograph will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Henry Sanchez

Montgomery County Public School Bus Driver Charged with Multiple Sex Offenses

Salvador Rodriguez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Salvador Rodriguez, age 59, of the 11600 block of Connecticut Avenue in North Kensington, for having inappropriate contact with two 11-year-old female students.  Rodriguez was employed as a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) bus driver and the inappropriate contact occurred on MCPS buses during Rodriguez’s bus routes.  The Montgomery County Public Schools system placed Rodriguez on administrative leave as soon as they learned of the allegations in February 2017.

On February 9, SVID detectives began an investigation regarding sexual offenses that were committed by Rodriguez during the current school year involving the juvenile victims.  Investigators determined that Rodriguez was a bus driver for bus routes that included Rockview Elementary School, Newport Mill Middle School, and Albert Einstein High School.   Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that on three separate occasions, Rodriguez had inappropriate sexual contact with one victim while she was a passenger on the school bus. Detectives further determined that on a separate occasion, Rodriguez had inappropriate sexual contact with the second victim while she was a passenger on the school bus.

This morning (March 3), detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez charging him with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of third-degree sex offense, and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority.

Rodriguez was arrested this morning when arrived for a scheduled appointment with SVID detectives at the SVID offices.

During a police interview, Rodriguez admitted to having inappropriate contact with the victims.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who rode a school bus driven by Rodriguez to talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Bond information for Rodriguez is not available at this time.

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Update: Former Elementary School Teacher Charged with Additional Sexual Offenses; More Victims Identified

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John Vigna

On June 27, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) arrested and charged John Vigna, age 50, of the 1000 block of Notley Road in Silver Spring, with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sex offense.   These charges involve two juvenile female victims. At the time of the offenses, John Vigna was a third-grade teacher at Cloverly Elementary School located at 800 Briggs Chaney Road. The victims were students at the school.  Detectives were concerned that additional students had been victimized by Vigna.  Investigators released information regarding Vigna’s arrest to the media and public and requested that anyone who may have been victimized to contact detectives.

After Vigna’s initial arrest, detectives were contacted by three previously unknown victims who reported the following:

  • A female in her twenties reported that Vigna sexually abused her while she was a student at Cloverly Elementary School during the 2000 to 2002 school years.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2013 to 2014 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.
  • A juvenile female reported that Vigna sexually abused her during the 2015 to 2016 school year at Cloverly Elementary School.

On November 15, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Vigna, charging him with two additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse exploitation, and three additional counts of third degree sexual offense.  On November 17, Vigna was arrested after he turned himself in to detectives.  Vigna was ordered held without bond.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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After-School Program Counselor Charged with Sexual Offenses

111016-r-ramos-photoDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) were notified by Child Protective Services on October 31, that a counselor in a privately-run after-school program in Rockville had been reported for inappropriate touching of a 5-year-old girl.

The incidents of abuse occurred between August 29 and October 31, 2016, while the victim was enrolled in the “Kids After Hours” program at Flower Valley Elementary School located at 4615 Sunflower Drive in Rockville. The program is not administered by Montgomery County Public Schools.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that the victim had been touched inappropriately more than once by a particular counselor, while playing the game of tag. The incidents occurred on the playground and inside the school.

Today (November 10), Raul Alejandro Ramos, age 21, of the 2900 block of Hewitt Avenue in Silver Spring, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, and three counts of third-degree sexual offense. Bond information is not yet available.

Anyone who has concerns about possible abuse of any other children enrolled in the program, should call SVID detectives at 240-773-5400

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Update: Continuing Investigation of Rape of Teenager in Sandy Spring Area

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division continue to investigate the Thursday, September 15 sexual assault of a teenager that occurred while she was walking in the Sandy Spring area.

At this time in the investigation, detectives have identified a suspect, have spoken to him, and have determined that this is not a random act.  The State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the facts of this case.

The Department does not believe that there is any threat to public safety in regard to this sexual assault.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.