Ohio Man Charged with Rape of 10-Year-Old Who Crossed State Lines For An Abortion

Gerson Fuentes

An Ohio man was charged with raping a 10-year-old girl who later traveled to neighboring Indiana for an abortion. The girl had to travel to Indiana to secure an abortion because she was three days past Ohio’s six-week limit.

According to testimony by an officer, the victim in the case underwent an abortion in neighboring Indiana on June 30.

statewide ban on abortions in Ohio after the sixth week of pregnancy – before many women are aware they are pregnant – went into effect just hours after the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had established a constitutional right to abortion.

Gerson Fuentes, 27, who was arrested on Tuesday, appeared in Franklin County, Ohio, municipal court for an arraignment on Wednesday. A police investigator testified at the hearing that Fuentes confessed to raping the girl at least twice.

Fuentes is being held on a $2 million bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 22.

The Ohio Attorney General, Dave Yost, said the Indianapolis Star story was likely a fabrication. Still, in a statement after the arrest, Yost said his heart aches for the pain suffered by the young child.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Man charged in rape of Ohio 10-year-old who police say later traveled across state lines for abortion – ABC News
  2. Columbus man charged in rape of 10-year-old that led to abortion – The Columbus Dispatch
  3. Politicians take on Ohio child rape case – NBC4
  4. Port: Arrest in Ohio confirms report
  5. of a 10-year-old denied an abortion – INFORUM
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