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Ohio man charged with felony rape of 10-year-old girl who traveled for abortion

Gerson Fuentes, 27, is charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio. He was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. Photo via Franklin County Sheriff's Office/UPI
Gerson Fuentes, 27, is charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio. He was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. Photo via Franklin County Sheriff's Office/UPI | License Photo

July 22 (UPI) -- An Ohio man who's been accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, which led her to seek an abortion across state lines in Indiana and made national headlines, now officially faces criminal rape charges.

A Columbus grand jury indicted Gerson Fuentes on Thursday on two charges of rape related to the case, which has ignited a firestorm of political controversy following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark abortion decision in Roe vs. Wade.

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After the court's ruling last month, a trigger abortion ban became law in Ohio and led the 10-year-old girl to seek the procedure elsewhere.

Thursday's indictment charges the 27-year-old Fuentes with two felony counts of rape, according to papers filed in the Franklin County court. He is being held at the county jail on a $2 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Fuentes was arrested earlier this week and reportedly confessed to assaulting the girl. On each count, he faces a possible life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 15 years.

Ohio's abortion law, enacted hours after the Supreme Court ruling on June 24, bans the abortion of any fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which happens around the sixth week of pregnancy. The law has no exceptions for rape or incest.

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The girl's mother reported the pregnancy on June 22 and the child had the medical procedure about a week later.

Fuentes could have been an acquaintance of the child's family, but authorities have not said how he actually came to know the girl who was assaulted twice between January and May this year.

Investigators collected a DNA sample from Fuentes to compare to evidence gathered at the Indianapolis clinic where the girl was taken.

The physician who performed the abortion, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, was questioned by news media about the timing when she reported the rape to authorities. Bernard has since filed a defamation lawsuit against Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita.

Some conservative politicians in Indiana have questioned Bernard's credibility and suggested that the story about the girl's need for an abortion was true.

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