Connecticut Women Involved in Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup Case Plea

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 7, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Connecticut Women Involved in Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup Case Plea

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 7
, 2008

Hartford, CT ( — Two women who allegedly helped a man kidnap and sexually abuse a teenage girl both entered a no contest plea on Tuesday. The case is one of the latest in the problematic new national phenomenon of abusers using abortions to hide evidence of sexual assault.

Authorities say an unnamed 15-year-old girl ran away from home last June to live with 41-year-old Adam Gault, a family acquaintance, without her parents’ knowledge. After getting her pregnant, Gault reportedly took the girl to a Planned Parenthood in West Hartford where she had an abortion.

Gault has pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in connection with the kidnapping and alleged sexual abuse.

Yesterday, Kimberly Cray and Ann Murphy entered pleas in Hartford Superior Court responding to charges of kidnapping, conspiracy and risk of injury to a minor.

The women lived in the West Hartford home with Gault, according to The Day newspaper, and they could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

The girl would not tell abortion facility officials the name of the father but officials, last August, obtained the remains of the baby and DNA obtained from the unborn child matched Gault’s DNA.

Planned Parenthood did not appear to report the 15-year-old pregnancy or her desire for an abortion to officials to look into the possibility she was sexually abused.

Police had been searching for the girl for some time and didn’t stumble across her until they searched Gault’s home over a month after the abortion. The Day said Gault repeatedly told officials he had no information about the location of the girl.

Officials say the two women helped Gault hide the girl despite knowing she had been reporting missing and that her parents were searching for her.

"They’re as complicit as Adam Gault,” Marc Needelman, an attorney for the girl and her family, said Tuesday, according to the newspaper. "They were not innocent bystanders. They looked away and allowed him to do what he did.”

All three await a July 11 sentencing hearing.

Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses in various states have come under fire for not reporting cases of sexual abuse or statutory rape to authorities.

In May, the employee of another Connecticut abortion business took an underage girl there for an abortion to hide his actions.