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Maryland ‘sanctuary’ county releases illegal alien accused of rape despite ICE detainer request

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).

“U.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,” reads a statement from ICE’s Maryland office to Blaze Media.

“On Aug. 13, the facility failed to honor the detainer, and released Castro from custody.”

As reported by WJLA-TV, Montgomery County’s policy allows jail officials to contact ICE if the suspect has committed a “serious crime” and has had an ICE detainer filed previously.

ICE officials say they followed that procedure but local authorities then violated the policy in so they could release the suspect.

WJLA-TV described the factors that led to Castro-Montejo’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.

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.

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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 for taking a stolen AR-15 to school with him.

Just last week in Montgomery County, police arrested two illegal aliens from El Salvador, Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, for raping an 11-year-old child. 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 infamous 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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