(KRON) — An East Bay man faces life in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse against a minor, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release Monday. Julian Chenychen, 40, impregnated a girl under the age of 18 and she gave birth to a stillborn baby, according to the DA’s office.
Chenychen moved to the United States in 2019 and lived in several cities in Contra Costa County. The DA did not list the victim’s age but said she is younger than 18.
On June 1, 2020, the victim was admitted to a hospital in Concord and gave birth to a full-term, stillborn baby, according to the DA.
The girl did not understand that she was pregnant and told medical staff that she didn’t know what was happening to her body. Hospital staff told police about the situation, saying they believed Chenychen had impregnated the victim.
Chenychen was then detained and the Antioch Police Department took over the investigation, the DA’s office said. Detectives determined that the victim had been molested for years.
In 2021, Chenychen was charged with six counts of aggravated assault against a child, 11 counts of lewd of lascivious acts involving children and an enhancement of bodily harm inflicted during the commission of a felony. He was convicted on Thursday and faces life in prison without parole.
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The victim is now in a “supportive living situation that’s helping her heal from the abuse she suffered in the past,” according to Deputy District Attorney Chris Sansoe.