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Columbus man charged in rape of 10-year old girl who sought abortion in Indiana

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A Columbus man has been charged with raping a 10-year old Ohio girl, whose efforts to get an abortion drew national attention against the backdrop of new, tougher abortion restrictions.

Police say 27-year old Gershon Fuentes was arrested Tuesday and has confessed to raping the girl twice. Fuentes was arraigned this/Wednesday morning and is in the Franklin County Jail pending a $2 million bond.

Some conservatives such as Ohio’s Republican governor and attorney general were skeptical about the case. Attorney General Dave Yost noted that there had been "not a whisper" of the allegation in Ohio's law enforcement community. Abortion rights supporters say the story illustrated the fallout of the Supreme Court's ruling last month that overturned Roe v. Wade.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.