Paraguay Busts Alleged Rapist at Heart of Its Abortion Furor

Man accused of impregnating girl, 10
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2015 10:09 AM CDT
Paraguay Busts Alleged Rapist at Heart of Its Abortion Furor
Pro abortion activists demonstrate in front of the Uruguayan congress in Montevideo, in this 2012 file photo. The man at the center of Paraguay's abortion debate has been arrested.   (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

The man who stands accused of impregnating the 10-year-old daughter of his girlfriend—and consequently igniting a firestorm of controversy over Paraguay's refusal to allow the child an abortion—has been arrested after more than two weeks on the lam. And as the AFP reports, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez offers up an unlikely and unscientific defense: "I will do any (paternity) test to show it wasn't me. I've been with tons of women, and I never got anybody pregnant." Benitez was apprehended some 125 miles from Asuncion, Sky News reports, where the girl lived. He blames the girl's mother for setting him up; if convicted, he faces 15 years in prison. If photos of Benitez are any indication, police weren't exactly gentle in his capture. Click for more on the case. (More Paraguay stories.)

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