Man, 56, arrested after getting 10-year-old stepdaughter pregnant

Mariano Antonio Castro 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested after violating the trust of a 10-year-old girl when he molested her a and impregnated her.

The man was in jail, on charges of raping his stepdaughter since she was 8-years-old, and got her pregnant at age 10.

Mariano Antonio Castro, 56, sexually abused his stepdaughter on a daily basis. Police said the crime took place in an apartment in Santa Ana, California where the victim lived with his mother, sisters and Castro.

When the girl got pregnant at 10-years-old, she allegedly told her mother about the rape. Police said the girl's mother then kicked Castro out of the house, but later took him back. The mother denies the allegations that she knew about the rape.

“The mother should be held responsible. When her daughter gave birth at such a young age, why didn't she investigate who the father was. All it takes is a simple DNA test to find out the truth,” Carolyn Lewis, 46, from Orange County, California told

The victim, who is now 18, broke the silence about the sexual abuse and spoke to a priest, officials said. She said the abuse continued until six months ago. Authorities said Castro threatened the victim in order to keep her quiet.

Police arrested Castro and charged him with rape, forced oral sex and repeated sexual abuse of a minor.
Castro, 58, was convicted by a jury of multiple counts of child sexual assault, and is facing life in prison.