Reaction to arrest in Ohio child rape case

July 4, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, United States; Teresa Dendy decorates her vehicle offering women rides for out-of-state camping, a euphamism for someone seeking abortion access, before driving in the Doo Dah Parade in the Short North on the Fourth of July. The parade is steeped in satire and is a Columbus Independence Day tradition.
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An arrest in the rape case of an Ohio 10-year-old makes international news as lawmakers from around the state and country weigh in. A push to keep cash payments an option and how redistricting just impacted public education.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by bureau chief Anthony Shoemaker. 

1) Arrest made in rape case

A 27-year-old man who has been living in Columbus was arrested and charged with the rape of a 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana last month for an abortion. 

The girl, according to the Indiana doctor who performed the procedure, was too far along in her pregnancy to terminate in Ohio following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.

The arrest of Gerson Fuentes put an end to speculation by conservative lawmakers and media outlets about whether the case and the girl were real.

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