In Pennsylvania, 33-year-old Hector Rico allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl and got her pregnant. According to the Republican Herald, he is facing charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault of a child, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, statutory sexual assault and another sexually related felony offense.
On March 19, a woman reported that her 12-year-old daughter was pregnant by Rico and had been having sex with her over the past six-months. In Massachusetts, a social worker said she received a call from a man claiming to be “Carlos,” who explained that he wanted his 12-year-old girlfriend to get an abortion. Then the social worker told “Carlos” she couldn’t help him and called the police.
The police officer that arrested Rico, Capt. Michael O’Neill, went to interview the victim and discovered that Rico told her not to tell anyone about their relationship because it was a secret. Additionally, the girl told O’Neill that when Rico found out she was pregnant, he began making phone calls to try and schedule an abortion.
O’Neill said the victim said she heard Rico say he needed an abortion for his girlfriend, information that was consistent with that reported by the social worker from Massachusetts. Shortly after the interview, O’Neill said, Rico was returned to the station by Patrolman David Stamets and interviewed about the incidents involving the child.
Rico said the child would get on top of him while he was sleeping and pull his pants down, leading to the sexual intercourse, O’Neill said. Later in the interview, the captain said Rico retracted his statements about having sexual intercourse with the child.
Rico then requested a second interview, during which he said he “wanted to pay for what he did” and said there were three incidents in which the sexual intercourse occurred. The man also said he did not wear a condom and that the last incident was about two or three days prior to the assaults being reported, O’Neill said.
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O’Neill said Rico also admitted getting the pregnancy test, explained to the girl how to take it and that he told her to say she got pregnant during a party. Rico also told officers that he was scared, O’Neill said. Rico will now have to answer to the charges at a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker, Shenandoah.
Thankfully, police were able to catch Rico before he was able to force this 12-year-old to have an abortion.
However, as LifeNews previously reported, many girls are not as fortunate and are forced to abort by abusers, partners and even parents. The Elliot Institute director David Reardon, who co-authored a Medical Science Monitor study that revealed that 64% of women who choose abortion are coerced, said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”
Abortion is always a tragedy and has devastating effects on those involved; but those effects are only heightened for teenagers since they’re making such a grave decision at a critical time in their development.
In fact, one study found that teenage girls who had one or more abortions were ten times more likely to commit suicide than those who never aborted. And another study revealed that the rate of psychiatric hospitalization for teenagers who had abortions is three times higher than that of other teens.