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Ohio 10-Year-Old’s Alleged Rapist Is an Illegal Immigrant: ICE Official

The Ohio man who allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl at the center of a viral abortion story is in the United States illegally, an official confirmed.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official told The Epoch Times Wednesday that 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes is an illegal immigrant. Other details about his status, including his country of origin, were not provided by the official.

An ICE source also told Fox News that Fuentes is originally from Guatemala. ICE has placed a detainer on the suspect, the official said.

Fuentes reportedly confessed to raping the 10-year-old child, who was not identified, several times. He was charged with rape and is being held on $2 million bond, officials said.

Fuentes confessed and the girl he raped, who just turned 10, received an abortion in Indianapolis on June 30, the Columbus Police Department said in Franklin County court, according to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

Det. Jeffrey Huhn said that the girl identified Fuentes as the suspect and that Fuentes, through an interpreter, admitted having sexual contact with the girl, the paper reported. A probable cause statement said that detectives collected a saliva sample from Fuentes and Huhn said testing is pending.

The story of the rape was first reported by the Indianapolis Star, based on an account from pro-abortion doctor Caitlin Bernard.

No other evidence was provided in the initial report, and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had cast doubt on whether it happened.

“My heart aches for the pain suffered by this young child. I am grateful for the diligent work of the Columbus Police Department in securing a confession and getting a rapist off the street. Justice must be served and BCI stands ready to support law enforcement across Ohio putting these criminals behind bars,” Yost said in a statement on Wednesday. BCI refers to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The account drew national attention when President Joe Biden made reference to the story while signing an executive order last week to ensure that women can obtain abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Some of the states don’t allow for exceptions for rape or incest,” Biden said. “Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim in Ohio—10 years old—and she was forced to have to travel out of the state, to Indiana, to seek to terminate the [pregnancy] and maybe save her life.”

However, some pro-life groups and fact-checkers, including one from the Washington Post, cast the story in doubt after Biden’s comment.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.

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