Sexual assault charges will be dropped against two teenagers accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom of a high school in Rockville, Maryland, prosecutors say.
The reported crime horrified local parents and became national news after the White House called it an example of why President Donald Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration.
Seventeen-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez were charged with assaulting the girl at Rockville High School in March.
Prosecutors said evidence does not support sexual assault charges.
The case gained national attention because of its connection to the hotly debated illegal immigration issue.
The girl reported to police that the two boys approached her in a hallway and asked her to walk with them, police said. Montano asked her for sex, and after she refused, he and Sanchez forced her into a boys’ bathroom, where they both raped her and sodomized her, police said.
Her text messages were part of the evidence.
The case inflamed political debate around the state and was even addressed by Sean Spicer during a White House press briefing.