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OC Man Found Guilty Of Impregnating 11-Year-Old Relative

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SANTA ANA (AP) An Orange County 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.

A 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. When she was 12, she gave birth to a girl.

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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