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Man gets long prison sentence after 11-year-old step daughter gives birth to his baby

By Mason White 3:54 PM April 29, 2013
Mariano Antonio Castro 

By: David Ross
A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after raping his stepdaughter for several years and getting her pregnant.

Mariano Antonio Castro, 58, of Santa Ana, California was found guilty of lewd acts on a child, aggravated sexual assault and continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

The judge sentenced Castro to 61 years in state prison.

“What he did was despicable, and now, he will no longer be able to hurt a child,” Jason Smith, 25, of Hollywood, California told after learning about the sentence.

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