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Man on Trial for Sexually Abusing Girl, 8, Impregnating her at 11

Mariano Antonio Castro

Mariano Antonio Castro

The trial of Mariano Antonio Castro, 58, of Santa Anna, Calif., began on February 6, 2013, for allegations that he sexually assaulted a female relative regularly over the course of nine years, from age 8-17, impregnating her at the age of 11. The unnamed girl had the child at age 12, and kept it, but the abuse continued.

She only confided in her new pastor about the sexual abuse in 2011, saying that Castro continued systematically abusing her even after she gave birth. At the urging of her pastor, the victim contacted police, who have charged Castro with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and inflicting great bodily injury.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place from 2000 to 2008. If convicted Castro faces 80 years to life in prison.

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