Sheila Marie Sikat & husband David S. Hwang Serial Child Molesters

A Rancho Santa Margarita woman was convicted Monday of repeatedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in a case that unfolded after authorities discovered a trunk full of homemade child porn movies in her home.

Sheila Marie Sikat, 28, and her husband, David S. Hwang, were arrested in 2003 after a tipster sent authorities a videotape of sex movies, prompting an investigation that led to the couple’s home.

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, 10 counts of oral copulation, five counts of using a minor for sex acts and one count of sodomy, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours. During the trial, they watched the tapes of the 4-year-old and an 8-month-old being molested.

When investigators searched the couple’s home in 2003, they found inside a locked wooden trunk in the couple’s bedroom closet 212 videotapes, some shot in Orange County and others shot in the 1990s in Texas.

The tapes showed Hwang molesting girls, sometimes with Sikat, or, in earlier years, with a former girlfriend. The girl at the center of the Orange County charges is seen in four of the tapes.

The couple molested the 4-year-old five times at their home in early 2001, producing nearly four hours of explicit content, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that the couple deceived the girl’s parents into letting them “baby-sit” her to practice their parenting skills, and that once she was in their custody, they gave her “medicine” that rendered her unconscious while she was molested.

Sikat, who will be sentenced in February, faces a maximum of 95 years in prison.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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