H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Feb 14, 2013 1:56 PM by Associated Press

SoCal man convicted of molesting and impregnating 11-year old girl

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man is facing 78 years to life in prison for molesting a relative for nearly a decade and getting her pregnant when she was 11 years old.

An Orange County jury on Wednesday convicted 58-year-old Mariano Antonio Castro on six felony counts, including lewd acts with a child, aggravated assault of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

He will be sentenced on April 26.

Prosecutors say Castro sexually assaulted the girl at his Santa Ana home from 2000 to 2008, starting when she was 8 years old. She gave birth to a girl when she was 12.

She kept the child and only reported the sex and pregnancy to police last year when she began attending a new church and confided in the pastor.

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