The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter was arrested after 15 days on the run, police said.
ASUNCION: The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter, sparking a debate on abortion in Paraguay, was arrested on Saturday (MAY 20) after 15 days on the run, police said. Gilberto Benitez, 42, insisted he was innocent and set-up by his girlfriend, the stepdaughter’s mother. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted of rape.
“The pregnancy will not be interrupted,” Health Minister Antonio Barrios has said. “We’ve already completely ruled out abortion.” The girl’s pregnancy was not discovered until April 21 when her mother brought her to a public health clinic believing she had a tumor. The mother is now under arrest by authorities who believe she enabled her daughter’s abuse. The girl is under medical care in a special ward for pregnant adolescents at a Red Cross Hospital.