Two young men at Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland, escorted a 14-year-old girl into a school bathroom, locked the door, and allegedly raped her. The girl maintains she in no way wanted it. Regardless, the suspect’s attorney implies she’s lying.
The attack hit the news after police arrested Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, last Friday. Revelations regarding the boys’ illegal status turned the story toxic for the mainstream media. However, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson made it a lead story.
Carlson interviewed David Moyse, attorney for Sanchez, who maintained his client’s innocence. Not surprising, as that’s his job. However, Carlson questioned the defenses’ strategy of claiming the sex was consensual.
Moyse: “The preliminary indications we have was yes, this was a consensual encounter. Not a rape in any sense.”
Carlson: “Between two guys, 17 and 18, and a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom. Pardon me, if I seem astonished that you would be bold enough to assert something like that. That seems insane.”
Moyse: “It certainly seems horrible that that would occur in our schools, even consensual. It seems like something we wouldn’t want in our community. But that doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not it was forced, or coerced, or in anyway illegal.
Carlson: “But I mean, even saying that out loud, I mean, is in effect an attack on this girl who told authorities that she was raped. So is your argument going to be that she invited sex with two men in a bathroom in her high school in the middle of the day and then lied that it was rape?”
Moyse: “Tucker, what I think you’re going to find is as this case goes on that there is a lot more evidence that will come out. And all of us involved are ethically constrained from discussing details. But this case will go through the courts and the system will have evidence that will come out. It’s not just what has been the initial sensational headline.”
Carlson soon turned the discussion to character. Asked if he considered Sanchez’s, Moyse commented, “I’m sure a number of questions can be asked about all three of the people involved”. After letting the lawyer dig himself in a little deeper, Carlson commented:
“Man, you better be right about this. Because if you’re going to be impugning the character of a 14-year-old girl who said she was raped, other people say they heard her screams, I mean, to impugn her character, I mean you really, before God, better be sure you’re on the right side of this.”
Watch the full interview below.
Moyse’s job is to defend his client. Nevertheless, his comments are troubling and more proof as to why people just don’t trust lawyers.
But that’s just my 2 cents.