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Two weeks ago, a 10-year-old girl was forced to travel from Ohio to Indiana for an abortion after she was raped.
Since Ohio has the six-week “trigger ban” policy, if the fetus is more than six weeks along, abortions are banned. So the young girl, six weeks and three days pregnant, had to travel to the closest state to receive an abortion: Indiana.
The case had received national attention, even mentioned by Joe Biden, president of the United States, after signing an administrative abortion law to protect women’s rights. This comes after many Republican led-states, such as Ohio, approved near-total restrictions following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
A suspect has been found and arrested.
Gerson Fuentes, the 27-year-old suspect, admitted to raping the 10-year-old girl and was arrested on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a court hearing was held for Fuentes, where detective Jeffrey Huhn testified that Columbus police learned about the girl’s pregnancy from her mother after she told the Franklin County Children Services on June 22. Eight days later, on June 30, the young girl traveled to Indianapolis for the abortion, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
As a result of the criminal charges and testimony from Huhn, this horrific incident has become a significant factor in the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
According to Huhn, DNA samples from the clinic in Indianapolis will be compared with models from Fuentes, along with the child’s siblings, to verify that these individuals contributed to the aborted fetus.
Ohio Republicans believed the story was fabricated.
After hearing about the incident, many Republicans questioned the validity, skeptical that the 27-year-old man impregnated the young girl.
Attorneys general like Ohio’s Dave Yost believed the story was fabricated due to much time passing before confirmation, stating that it was “more likely that this is a fabrication.”
“I know the cops and prosecutors in this state. There’s not one of them that wouldn’t be turning over every rock, looking for this guy, and they would have charged him. They wouldn’t leave him loose on the streets… I’m not staying; it could not have happened. What I’m saying to you is not a damn scintilla of evidence.”
However, after the man confessed to impregnating the 10-year-old girl, Yost stated:
“We rejoice anytime a child rapist is taken off the streets… I’m absolutely delighted that this monster has been taken off the street. If convicted, he should spend the rest of his life in prison.”
Requests for Fuentes to be held without bond
Dan Meyer, Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor, asked for Fuentes to be denied bond since he is not a legal citizen and there are questions about his identity.
During the hearing, the 10-year-old informed police that Fuentes was the man who impregnated her, testified by Huhn in court. Meyer stated that the victim recently turned 10, which means he raped her at 9.
Clark Torbett disagreed with Meyer, believing it is unconstitutional for Fuentes to be denied bond, especially since the DNA results are pending.
He explained how Fuentes spent the last seven years in Ohio, where he worked at a cafe. Moreover, Torbett stated that he had his own address, not the exact location where the 10-year-old resides.
Cynthia Ebner, Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court, stated Fuentes would not be held without bond in this case since he is believed to be undocumented.
Fuentes’s bond is $2 million, and he is held at Franklin County jail.
Court records do not state how Fuentes knew the victim or their relations. However, if convicted, Fuentes could face life in prison.