In a sickening case in Colorado Springs, a male student is accused of using a skewer to force his girlfriend to abort their unborn baby.
ABC 7 in Denver reports police arrested Ahmed Sameer Mohamed Almesbahi, 23, on Sept. 26 in connection to the horrific allegations. He is charged with sexual assault, unlawful termination of pregnancy and other charges related to the incident.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the unnamed woman told police that Almesbahi sexually assaulted her and forcibly aborted their unborn baby using a shishkebab skewer in August 2015. Police have been investigating the case for a while and recently obtained evidence supporting the woman’s claims, the report states.
Almesbahi is a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Saudi Arabia native who has a student visa to study in the U.S., the report states. The woman said she met him on a Muslim dating website, and they were later married in a religious ceremony. The two lived together; however, Almesbahi said she was his girlfriend, and they are not married.
Here’s more from the Gazette:
Although he remains a student, he is banned from campus “until further notice” because of the charges against him, university spokesman Tom Hutton said.
Almesbahi is also charged with witness intimidation, alleging that he threatened the woman to stay away from court after he was cited for domestic violence in 2015. The charges in that case were ultimately dismissed.
Almesbahi, who police say comes from a wealthy family, allegedly told the woman that “his father would kill him unless we got rid of the pregnancy,” authorities allege.
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Police said the victim “has been very hesitant to participate at times during this investigation because of fear of getting Mr. Almesbahi into trouble.”
The reports did not include details about the unborn baby’s age or sex. According to police records, the woman gave birth to her aborted baby in a mall bathroom. Colorado is one of only a few states that do not recognize unborn babies as victims of violence, so it is highly unlikely that there will be charges specifically involving the baby’s death.
If convicted, Almesbahi could face a life sentence in prison, according to the report. The ABC affiliate reported he also was arrested in September 2015 on misdemeanor charges related to an incident involving the same woman.
As horrific as they are, forced abortions are not uncommon. In November, LifeNews reported the story of a New York man, Josh Woodward, who was convicted of attempted murder after he secretly gave his pregnant girlfriend an abortion drug that caused the death of their 13-week unborn child. Woodward’s girlfriend said she refused to abort their unborn baby, even though he was constantly pressuring her.
Elliot Institute Director David Reardon, who co-authored the Medical Science Monitor study, previously 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.”