Gerson Fuentes is the 27-year-old man accused of raping a 10-year-old Ohio girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.
The case has come to the forefront of the national debate over the US Supreme Court decision in which Roe v. Wade was lifted. Some people had questioned whether the story was true, and President Joe Biden highlighted this, as did supporters of Roe v Wade.
“…10 years old. Raped, six weeks pregnant. Already traumatized. Had to travel to another state. Imagine you were that little girl.” said Biden.
show prison records that Fuentes was arrested on July 12, 2022 at the Franklin County Jail in Ohio. He has a court hearing on July 22, 2022. The bail is $2 million.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The girl’s mother told officials about her pregnancy, authorities say
Fuentes is accused of raping a child under the age of 13. according to Franklin County court records.
He lived in an apartment in Columbus, Ohio, court records say.
According to Columbus DispatchFuentes admitted to raping the child at least twice.
A detective, Jeffrey Huhn, testified for Fuentes’ indictment that the Columbus Police Department “was made aware of the girl’s pregnancy through a referral from her mother from Franklin County Children Services,” the newspaper reported.
2. Fuentes is reportedly illegal in the country
Fox News reported that Fuentes is in the country illegally, citing an ICE source.
He is from Guatemala, the network reported.
ICE has placed an inmate on Fuentes, meaning he will be released after serving a state term in federal custody, according to Fox.
3. The child underwent a medical abortion in Indiana
A video of the indictmentshared by Townhall.com showed Fuentes appearing in court with the assistance of an interpreter.
A prosecutor said in that video that the state asked that Fuentes be held in the case without bail or bail.
Huhn, the detective, testified that the mother stated that her 10-year-old daughter was pregnant. She is no longer pregnant because she had a medically-completed abortion, he confirmed. She had the consultation on June 29th. “I believe the procedure was initiated on the 30th. The conception products were collected on July 2,” he testified.
He clarified that he was referring to the aborted fetus. The “products of conception were used as evidence” for DNA testing, he said.
The abortion took place in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Dispatch reported.
The newspaper added that the DNA of the aborted fetus will be tested at the clinic against Fuentes and the child’s siblings.
The Dispatch noted that Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner “said the case does not justify Fuentes — who is believed to be undocumented — being held without bail.”
The girl couldn’t get the abortion in Ohio because after the Roe v. Wade reversal, Ohio’s “heartbeat law” went into effect, which banned “most abortions around the age of six weeks or when the first fetal heartbeat is detected.” according to 10tv.
According to Fox News, the state attorney general said “exceptions to Ohio law would have allowed the girl to obtain an abortion in the state.”
4. Authorities received a saliva sample from Fuentes, who is accused of having confessed to the crime
On July 6th according to 10tvthe victim “identified Fuentes to authorities as the person who raped her.”
Less than a week later, detectives with a search warrant took a saliva sample from Fuentes.
He then confessed to the rape, reported 10tv.
The Indianapolis Star first brought the story of the girl’s trip abroad to get the abortion. This story calls Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis-based obstetrician-gynecologist.
It was also reported that a supporter of the girl had reached out to Bernard for help, saying the girl was six weeks and three days pregnant and could no longer have an abortion in Ohio.
5. Some had questioned whether the story was true
Some had raised questions about the rape story before the arrest because there were few details at first.
National Review had reportedbefore the arrest was announced: “The only source of the story is a refusal to answer important questions that could prove its true or false”, referring to Bernard.
The Ohio Attorney General said before the arrest that his office had heard “no whispers” about the case. according to the New York Post.
“We have a decentralized law enforcement system in Ohio, but we have regular contact with prosecutors and local police and sheriffs,” Dave Yost told Fox News. The Post reports. “No whispers anywhere.”
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