An Ohio man was arrested Tuesday for raping a 10-year-old girl who became an integral figure in the debate over abortion rights. The little girl and her family reportedly traveled to Indiana to have an abortion when Ohio outlawed the procedure last month.
Arrest records and court records viewed by The Daily Beast confirm that Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arrested Tuesday in Franklin County on a felony charge of ‘raping a person under 13’. The Columbus Dispatch, who first reported on his arrest, attended Fuentes’ arraignment in Columbus on Wednesday.
Columbus police detectives testified in court Wednesday that the abortion did take place out of state, the Dispatch reported. Moreover, court records show Fuentes is being held on a bond of $2 million. The Dispatch reported that a judge said the 27-year-old is considered a flight risk and, given the brutality of the crime, a high bail was necessary to protect the child involved. Citing detectives, the newspaper reported that police were first made aware of the girl’s pregnancy through a referral filed with the local child services’ branch by her mother on June 22. Eight days later, the girl reportedly received a medical abortion in Indianapolis. Court records say the rape occurred on May 12.