A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a man on charges that he raped a 10-year-old Columbus girl who then traveled to Indiana for an abortion.
The 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes is charged with two felonies for rape, according to court documents.
Following an inquiry that started on June 22, Fuentes, a Guatemalan, was taken into custody on July 12.
During Fuentes’ original arraignment, a detective with the Columbus Division of Police testified that they got a report from Franklin County Children Services from a parent who claimed her daughter, who was 9 at the time, had been raped and became pregnant.
The detective added that the victim underwent a medical abortion in Indianapolis on June 30. A document from the Indiana Department of Health says she was 10 at the time of the abortion.
She underwent a medical abortion in Indianapolis on June 30.
According to police, the victim identified Fuentes as the person who raped her. Investigators questioned Fuentes at police headquarters where he confessed to raping the victim on at least two occasions.
The case drew national attention when an Indianapolis doctor said the child had to go to Indiana because Ohio banned abortions at the first detectable ‘fetal heartbeat’ after the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in June.
President Joe Biden highlighted the girl’s case at the signing of an executive order aimed at protecting access to abortion.
A source connected to the investigation told 10TV that Fuentes is not in the country lawfully.
Fuentes is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $2 million bond.