Charges Filed in 13-year old Abortion Case

Published 04/22 2014 10:35PM

Updated 04/23 2014 02:52PM


A Fort Wayne man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Ronte Latham, 21, is facing charges of child molestation.

"Don't be afraid to report child abuse or neglect because you could save a child’s life,” said Michelle Savieo, Director, Allen County office, Indiana Department of Child Services.   

The Department of Child Services was instrumental in bringing  charges against Latham. 

If we can protect one child, we can often protect many children,” said Savieo.  

According to Court Documents Latham met the girl while she visited friends at the Weiser Park Youth Center.  However, the alleged abuse happened at Latham’s home.  

 Leaders with Allen county  right to life say it's the same abortion that they've been vocal about for more than a year--claiming that the doctor failed to report the procedure in a timely fashion. 

According to court documents, the victim became pregnant after the alleged sexual abuse, and had an abortion. Now a local pro-life group is saying that this abortion is the same one they've been vocal about for months. 

Now, a local pro-life group says there is strong reason to believe that the doctor who performed the abortion is Dr. Ulrich Klopfer.  WFFT reported on Dr. Klopfer being investigated last year for performing an abortion on a 13-year old.  Allen County Right Life organizers believe that these two reports are connected. 

“The date of the abortion that was listed on the termination of pregnancy report is the exact same date as the abortion listed on the affidavit of probable cause,” said Cathie Humbarger, Allen County Right To Life Executive Director.  

Humbarger filed a complaint back in September of 2013 claiming that a 13 year-old was sexually abused. Her complaint was that  Doctor Klopfer, who performed the abortion didn’t report it to the state within three days.  By law, abortions performed on girls under the age of 14 must be reported within three days of the operation. 

“This is precisely the reason that reporting laws are in place,” said Humbarger.  

If you are suspicious of a loved one or a neighbor who might be a victim of abuse there are a number of resources for you. 

Child abuse and neglect hotline (800) 800-5556.  

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