Arrest made in rape of Ohio 10-year-old

Rapist believed to be illegal immigrant

Published: July 13, 2022 12:41pm

Updated: July 13, 2022 2:07pm

A suspected illegal immigrant has been arrested and charged after he admitted to the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio, a case that made national news and added fuel to the fiery debate over abortion after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Paternity tests are being administered to Gershon Fuentes, whose bond was set at $2 million. He admitted raping the girl on at least two occasions.

Attention was drawn to the case last month after reports that the girl had to travel to Indiana to obtain an abortion. 

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion is now illegal in Ohio after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, or around six weeks.

"Imagine being that little girl," President Biden said Friday in a speech opposing abortion restrictions. "I’m serious. Just imagine being that little girl."

“We rejoice anytime a child rapist is taken off the streets,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said once news of the arraignment broke. 

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