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Orange County woman molested for years by relative, gave birth at age 12

April 22, 2011 |  7:47 am

Photo: Mariano Antonio Castro booking photo. Courtesy of: KTLA-TV / Sana Ana Police Department An Orange County woman was molested for several years by a relative, becoming pregnant at age 11 and giving birth at age 12, prosecutors said.

The man, Mariano Antonio Castro, 56, Santa Ana, was charged Thursday with a variety of felony counts of continuous sexual abuse and lewd acts on a child under 14. He is being held on $1-million bail and faces more than 30 years in prison if convicted.

According to a statement by the Orange County district attorney's office, the victim was abused between 2000-08 when she was 8 to 17 years old. 

"When Jane Doe was 11 years old, Castro is accused of impregnating her. Jane Doe gave birth to a baby girl at the age of 12," prosecutors said in the statement. "Jane Doe kept the baby. Despite the pregnancy, the ongoing sexual abuse of Jane Doe was never reported to law enforcement."

Her story came out only recently, officials said. "Jane Doe recently began going to a new church and confided in her pastor that Castro had impregnated her as a child," they said.


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Photo: Booking photo of Mariano Antonio Castro. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department