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Singer sentenced for molesting two young sisters

A popular performer of Hawaiian music was sentenced Friday to a year in jail and received a six-year suspended state prison sentence after pleading no contest to sexually molesting two young sisters in the 1990s.

Cecilio Rodriguez, 67, of the singing group Cecilio and Kapono entered the plea to charges of molesting the first victim between 1996 and 1998 and her sister between 1997 and 1999, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Adrian Roxas.

He molested the two girls in Carson while they were touring.

Judge Gary Hahn ordered Rodriguez to serve 365 days in jail and complete 52 weeks of sexual offender counseling and placed him on five years' probation.

If he violates his probation, Rodriguez faces the full six-year state prison term, Hahn said.

One of the victims was 7 and 8 at the time of the assaults and her sister, now 23, was 8 and 9 when she was molested.

The crimes were discovered last year when one of the women revealed the assaults to her father after she refused to visit Rodriguez in Hawaii, Roxas said.

Rodriguez has a history of sex crimes arrests. He was arrested in Hawaii in 1992 for similar assaults on two girls.

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