(CNN) – Prosecutors dropped rape charges against two immigrant high school students in Maryland. The case had been used by the white house as proof of the need to crack down on undocumented immigration.
A 14 year old girl made startling claims when she said she was attacked by two teenage boys in a high school bathroom. The suspects were immigrants. ICE confirmed one entered and lived in the U.S. illegally. Her story drew national attention, even leading to white house officials to weigh in.
Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary said, “Part of the reason the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this.”
But the case didn’t hold up.
John McCarthy, the State’s attorney for Montgomery County said, “We have concluded that the facts in this case do not support the original charges filed in this matter.”
And the rape charges were dismissed.
Maria Mena, attorney for Jose Montano said, “I commend the state’s attorney’s office for doing the correct thing, dropping the rape charges because obviously, this young girl was not raped.”
The white house refused to retract its earlier statements.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders the principal deputy white house press secretary, said, “This is a law and order president. He is focused on restoring law and order.”
The suspects face child pornography charges because of sexual images shared prior to the incident.
But their defense attorneys say the case against the teens was exaggerated because of politics.
Mena said, “This case blew up because they immediately assumed they were immigrants and as a result they immediately assumed they were rapists.”