Man indicted in rape of Ohio girl, 10, who traveled to Indiana for abortion
The accused man Rape of a 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana abortion by a grand jury in Ohio on Thursday, in a case that has become a hot spot in the controversy over the Supreme Court’s decision The heart of the Roe v. Wade case.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, is charged with two counts of felony rape in the indictment filed in Franklin County Court of Public Appeals in Columbus.
Court records for the inclusion of Fuentes’ attorneys have yet to emerge after the indictment. He was due to be charged on Monday.
The case quickly gained international attention — and scrutiny — after Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis physician who provides abortion services, said, Indianapolis Star The 10-year-old had to travel to Indiana to have an abortion.
She said the girl had to fly from Ohio to Indiana after the Ohio “fetal heartbeat” law was enacted hours after the Supreme Court ruling on Roe last month. The law prohibits abortions at the first “fetal heartbeat” that can be detected.
Abortion in Ohio is now prohibited at about six weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Can Fuentes Arrested On July 12, he admitted to raping the child, according to separate documents filed in Franklin County Municipal Court. The documents said he was accused of raping a minor and faces a life sentence in addition to deportation.
Before his arrest, many of them, including the media and right-leaning politicians, had done so. Question Bernard’s Account About treating the girl.
Bernard recently submitted a profile defamation suit against Indiana Attorney General Todd Rocketta after telling local and national media he was investigating a doctor after she performed the procedure on the young patient.
Bernard filed a damages claim after Rocetta said he was “gathering evidence” against her, including “considering her licensing” and whether she “failed to report” the procedure in Indiana because “under-reporting, intentionally failing to report” is a crime. “
In an earlier statement, Barnard’s employer, Indiana University, said it had “carried out an investigation in full cooperation with Dr. Bernard and other members of the IU Health team” and “found that Dr. Bernard complied with privacy laws.”
NBC News I got the completed pregnancy report From the Indiana Department of Health, it was found that Bernard reported the procedure within the required time frame. a Washington Post A review of state records also found no problems with Bernard’s medical license.
Associated Press Contributed.