An Ohio mother has denied allegations that her daughter was raped by an alleged rapist the child named to police, according to Telemundo News.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Gershon Fuentes, 27, already confessed to raping the girl in two different instances. The victim’s mother contacted Franklin County Children Services on June 22, roughly a week before the 10-year-old girl underwent a legal abortion in Indiana — as Ohio outlaws the procedure after six weeks.
During a court hearing Wednesday, investigator Jeffrey Huhn said the DNA of the aborted fetus is being tested against Fuentes and the victim’s siblings to confirm paternity. However, the victim allegedly identified Fuentes as the man who impregnated her.
Citing court records, the Daily Beast reported that one of the sexual assaults occurred on May 12. Police got involved after learning of the 10-year-old’s pregnancy via a referral the girl’s mother filed with child services on June 12.
Days after the defendant’s arrest, the victim’s mother told the Spanish television station, TelemundoNews, that “what they say about him is a lie.”
#NoticiasTelemundo habló en exclusiva con la madre de la niña que fue violada en Ohio y asegura que "está bien".
Agregó que lo que se dice sobre el joven que confesó el crimen "es mentira".
— Noticias Telemundo (@TelemundoNews) July 14, 2022
Fuentes is charged with rape and remains jailed on a $2 million bond. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to the Daily Beast that he is currently on a detainer as he is a Guatemalan national who is in the country illegally.
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[Featured image: Gershon Fuentes/Franklin County Sheriff’s Office]
Additional reporting by Jacquelyn Gray