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Suspect charged with raping Ohio girl, 10, appears in court

Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arraigned in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday

Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arraigned in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday

The suspect charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio has appeared in court after the case caused a national outcry when the victim had to cross state lines to have an abortion over the recent ruling of the Supreme Court.

Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arraigned Wednesday in Columbus, where he faces charges of first-degree rape of a child under 13. Bail was set at $2 million.

Fuentes, who is illegally present in the country according to federal sources, confessed to raping the girl at least twice, a police investigator testified during the arraignment.

The detective also testified that the victim in the case was forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion following the Dobbs ruling, a claim that Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, along with other conservatives, made just days away. had been questioned before.

In a statement on Wednesday, Yost was quick to change tack, saying, “My heart aches for the pain this young child has suffered.”

“I am grateful for the diligent work of the Columbus Police Department in extracting a confession and getting a rapist off the street,” the Republican attorney general added.

Rape suspect Gerson Fuentes, 27, is seen during Wednesday's arraignment via a video link.  He is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl who had to cross state lines for an abortion

Rape suspect Gerson Fuentes, 27, is seen during Wednesday’s arraignment via a video link. He is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl who had to cross state lines for an abortion

In court, a detective (not pictured) testified that the victim in the case was forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion after the Dobbs ruling

In court, a detective (not pictured) testified that the victim in the case was forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion after the Dobbs ruling

The parties can be seen during the arraignment of Gerson Fuentes on Wednesday

The parties can be seen during the arraignment of Gerson Fuentes on Wednesday

Yost said his state investigators are “ready to support law enforcement across Ohio by putting these criminals behind bars.” He did not respond to his previous suggestions that the case was made up.

The shocking youth rape case exploded in national consciousness last week, as President Joe Biden pointed out to highlight the fallout from the Dobbs ruling and pro-abortion activists took the case to criticize states that have banned the procedure.

But many abortion opponents had questioned the story, including Yost, who appeared on Fox News Monday to say his office works closely with law enforcement across the state but had heard “nowhere whispers” of the 10-year ordeal. of the girl.

Wednesday’s testimony settled the dispute over the facts.

During the arraignment, a police detective testified that the victim in the case underwent an abortion in Indianapolis on June 30, after receiving his first medical consultation the day before, video of the hearing from WCMH TV show.

Ohio’s state ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect on June 24, just hours after the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Ohio AG Dave Yost Yost had claimed in an interview Monday that there is no

Ohio AG Dave Yost Yost had claimed in an interview Monday that there is no “biological evidence” for the story and that he has not heard any “whispers” about the little girl anywhere.

In a statement on Wednesday, Yost quickly took a different tack

In a statement on Wednesday, Yost quickly took a different tack

The Ohio ban has no exceptions for rape cases. Six-week abortions remain legal in Indiana, although the Republican-controlled state legislature is expected to consider new restrictions later this month.

Fuentes was arrested on Tuesday and police recovered the remains of the aborted fetus for a DNA comparison.

He is due to appear in court on July 22 for a preliminary hearing.

Details in the case are closely guarded to protect the young victim’s identity, and little is known about Fuentes or his background.

According to a US immigration and customs enforcement source quoted by: Fox newsFuentes is a Guatemalan citizen who is illegally present in the US.

ICE is looking for a detainee, which is a request that he be eventually transferred to federal custody for removal proceedings, the person said.

An ICE spokesperson was unable to immediately confirm Fuentes’ immigration status when he was reached by DailyMail.com on Wednesday evening.

The Indianapolis Star newspaper was the first to report the matter, saying the girl had to travel to Indiana to arrange an abortion because she was three days past the six-week limit in Ohio.

Ohio is one of several states that have enacted trigger laws that went into effect hours after Dobbs

Ohio is one of several states that have enacted trigger laws that went into effect hours after Dobbs

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On Fox News Monday, Yost claimed that there is no “biological evidence” for the story and that he has not heard “whispers” about the little girl anywhere.

“Anyway like this, you get a rape kit, you have biological evidence, and you start looking for DNA analysis,” he said. “There is no case request for analysis that looks like this.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who, like Yost, has been criticized for questioning the truth of the matter, had no new comments to offer on Wednesday, spokesman Dan Tierney said in an email.

“As we have stated before, Governor DeWine considers this crime a horrific tragedy, and he has said that if the evidence supports it, the rapist should spend the rest of his life in prison,” he said.

The president himself referred to the story, using it to push through an executive order that would protect abortions in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.

“This is not an imagined horror,” Biden said. It’s already happening. It was reported just last week that a 10-year-old girl had been raped – 10 years old – and had been forced to travel out of the state to Indiana to try to terminate the pregnancy and perhaps take her own life. to rescue.’

Biden, 79, raised his voice as he told the story, gripping the stage with both hands as he scolded about the trauma the girl allegedly experienced and the perceived unfairness of the situation.

“Imagine you’re that little girl,” he added, in another appeal to the crowd. “Imagine you’re that little girl. Ten years old!’

The Supreme Court, in the case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which guaranteed a woman’s right to abortion.

Biden criticized the Supreme Court for his decision. He called the judges “out of control” and working with “extremist elements of the Republican Party.”

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