by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2007
Hartford, CT (LifeNews.com) — A Connecticut pastor who is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls has been accused of urging a 13-year-old victim in a 2005 case to get an abortion to hide his alleged crime. The case is the latest out of the northeastern state to involve abortion as a means of covering up sexual abuse.
In this latest incident, Hartford minister Modesto Reyes is awaiting sentencing for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old.
Reyes, who is in prison on a $1 million bail, was slated for a sentencing hearing on Friday but officials postponed it after they learned he may have assaulted the teenager, who is now 15.
According to a Hartford Courant report, Reyes impregnated the younger girl, who gave birth in May 2006. He urged the teenager to have an abortion, but she declined and ultimately had a miscarriage.
The newspaper indicated the teen’s mother came forward last month to accuse Reyes of sexually assaulting her daughter. Both girls were members of his congregation at a Pentecostal church.
Reyes, 53, now faces additional charges in the second case, including multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
The Courant reported that Reyes pleaded not guilty to those charges.
The police arrest warrant says Reyes sexually assaulted the 13-year-old numerous times and allegedly told her mother, "You’re not going to let her have the baby are you?" when the girl became pregnant.
The mother told the police she found his pro-abortion response "very strange" given that he was a pastor at a Christian church that officially opposed abortion.
A second case involving sexual abuse and abortion involves 51-year-old Steven Infante of New Milford, Connecticut.
He is a gymnastics coach who was indicted in November on charges that he repeatedly raped one girl and took her for an abortion. He was released after pleading not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors say Infante had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl that began at that early age and continued until she was 21. When she turned 17, the girl became pregnant and Infante drove her to a local abortion business.
Abortion centers nationwide have been under fire for doing abortions on teenagers who are victims of sexual abuse.
Infante is also accused of sexually molesting a second teenage girl.
Meanwhile, in May, the employee of an abortion facility in Connecticut issued a guilty plea in a case involving the sexual abuse of three teenage girls.
Former modeling agency owner Michael Britt, who worked as a janitor at the abortion center, was accused of sexually assaulting three teenagers from Norwalk who went to his modeling agency.
He took a 14-year-old to the Summit Women’s Center abortion facility, where he worked and which was located in the same building as his agency.
The Britt case followed just weeks after another abortion-sexual abuse case prompted observers to wonder why abortion facilities are not contacting authorities about the actions.
Kevon Walker, 22, was charged earlier this month with getting his then 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant. He got the unnamed girl pregnant three times in six months and the girl wound up having three abortions as a result.
However, abortion businesses failed to report the statutory rape to authorities and officials only began investigating Walker’s actions when the victim’s mother contacted them.