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Woman convicted of molesting girl, 4

December 19, 2007|Tony Barboza

After two hours of deliberations Monday, a jury convicted a Rancho Santa Margarita woman of repeatedly molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Sheila Marie Sikat, 28, and her husband, David S. Hwang, were arrested in 2003 after a tip led authorities to home-made child pornography hidden in their residence.

Hwang, 36, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty in October 2006 to 60 counts of child molestation.

Sikat was found guilty of 55 charges, including six counts of penetration with a foreign object of a minor under 14 years old, 13 counts of lewd acts upon a child and 10 counts of oral copulation, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

-- Tony Barboza

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