CBS intentionally did not report the complete facts of the story.
The "suspect" is illegal alien Gershon Fuentes, 27, who was arrested
Tuesday and charged with felony rape, is an undocumented Guatemalan
immigrant who crossed into the US unlawfully. He has been in the
United States illegally for seven years.
Begin the CBS Hillary Clinton whitewash.
Ohio man charged with raping 10-year-old girl
An Ohio man has been charged with raping a 10-year-old girl whose case
drew national attention following a doctor's comments that the child
had to travel to Indiana for an abortion, an account that had led some
prominent Republicans – including Ohio's attorney general and a
congressman – to suggest it was fabricated.
Democratic President Joe Biden highlighted the case last week at the
signing of an executive order aimed at protecting access to abortion
as state after Republican-led state, including Ohio, enacted
near-total restrictions after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark
A detective testified Wednesday at an initial court appearance for the
27-year-old suspect that Columbus police learned about the girl's
pregnancy through a referral by Franklin County Children Services that
was made by her mother June 22, and that she had an abortion in
Indianapolis on June 30, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The detective said DNA from the Indianapolis abortion clinic was being
tested to confirm paternity.
An Indianapolis physician who provides abortion services had told The
Indianapolis Star that an abortion had been provided for such a child
because the girl couldn't get the procedure in Ohio under a newly
imposed state ban on abortions at the first detectable "fetal
heartbeat." A judge lifted a stay on the ban after the U.S. Supreme
Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
Appearing Monday on Fox News, Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave
Yost said he hadn't heard "a whisper" from law enforcement in Ohio
about any reports or arrests made in connection with such a case.
"Another lie. Anyone surprised?" Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan
tweeted in reaction to the original story. That tweet appeared to have
been deleted following news of the arrest.
Then Wednesday, Jordan tweeted that the suspect "should be prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law." A message was left with his office
Wednesday seeking comment.
In the Fox interview, Yost suggested that the young rape victim would
have met the Ohio "heartbeat" abortion ban's exception for medical
"This young girl, if she exists, and if this horrible thing happened
to her — it breaks my heart to think about it — she did not have to
leave Ohio to find treatment," he said.
But the state's law defines an emergency as life-threatening or
involving a "serious risk of the substantial and irreversible
impairment of a major bodily function." Under that definition, the
10-year-old's condition wouldn't have risen to the threshold of an
emergency, Kellie Copeland, director of Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion
rights group, said Wednesday.
In a statement Wednesday, Yost said the state Bureau of Criminal
Investigation stands ready to help prosecute the case. He did not
address his previous suggestions that the case may have been
"My heart aches for the pain suffered by this young child," Yost's
statement read in part. "I am grateful for the diligent work of the
Columbus Police Department in securing a confession and getting a
rapist off the street."
Separately, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, said
his office planned to investigate the physician for allegedly not
reporting the assault or the abortion, which he said she is required
by law to do.
The physician denied that claim, saying in a statement through her
attorney that she "took every appropriate and proper action in
accordance with the law and both her medical and ethical training as a
physician," and "followed all relevant policies, procedures, and
regulations in this case, just as she does every day to provide the
best possible care for her patients."
"We are considering legal action against those who have smeared my
client, including Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, and know that
the facts will all come out in due time," the statement said.
Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, previously called the assault a
tragedy. "He has said that if the evidence supports, the rapist should
spend the rest of his life in prison," said DeWine spokesperson Dan
Police say the man confessed to raping the girl. He was arrested
Tuesday and has not entered a plea.
Court records don't specify whether or how the suspect knew the girl.
The prosecutor's office declined to comment on the case, and the
police department did not respond to a request for additional details.
The Associated Press generally doesn't identify victims of sexual
assault and, for now, is not naming the suspect to avoid inadvertently
identifying the girl.
In 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit
on behalf of Bernard, the doctor in the 10-year-old's case,
challenging a law passed by Indiana's Republican-dominated Legislature
that largely banned a second-trimester abortion procedure that the
legislation called "dismemberment abortion."
The law took effect for the first time last week after a federal judge
last week lifted an injunction blocking it following the Supreme
Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
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