Honduran national accused of raping stepdaughter in sanctuary jurisdiction

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – A Honduran national in the United States illegally has been accused of raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter in suburban Maryland, the seventh such case in the area over the past five weeks.

Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, 37, is charged with second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense, according to WJLA.

The alleged victim spoke to Montgomery County police and claimed that her stepfather sexually assaulted her multiple times between Aug. 16 and Aug. 25. She alleged that she was unable to use the bathroom after one of the assaults because it was “very painful” and left her with a “stinging” feeling.

“Victim A stated that she could not move and Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez was squishing her with his body,” detectives reportedly said of the incident. The 200-lb. Carrasco-Hernandez allegedly kissed the girl’s body and even bit her shirt in one incident.

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Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez (Montgomery County Police)

As a result, the victim’s mother reportedly booted Carrasco-Hernandez from their Wheaton home after finding the two of them together in a bedroom. While the age of consent in Maryland is 16 years old, the mother said she believed it was a consensual act fueled by alcohol.

In a statement to WJLA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that Carrasco-Hernandez was previously deported in April 2017, but re-entered the United States “sometime thereafter.”

Carrasco-Hernandez could face up to 56 years in state prison if convicted on all charges. Furthermore, he also faces up to 20 years in federal prison for re-entering the U.S. having been previously deported, an ICE official told WJLA.

The agency reportedly placed a detainer on the Honduran national and he was jailed without bond. Consequently, he faces charges of second-degree rape, third and fourth degree sex offenses, and sex abuse of a minor.

The national spotlight has been on Montgomery County in recent weeks. Since July 25, police have arrested at least seven confirmed undocumented immigrants for alleged rapes and sexual assaults. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed an executive order last month designating the county a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.

The order states that no county agency – including police departments – can cooperate with ICE. Immigration agents are barred from entering secure portions of county jails, and must take custody of illegal immigrants in public areas, such as jail parking lots.

Earlier this month, another undocumented immigrant was arrested on second-degree rape and assault charges but was released days later after the Montgomery County Jail ignored ICE’s detainer request.

 

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