Officials said on Friday, Aug. 9, that a California man was sentenced to 230 years in jail—reaping what he deserved for years of sex abuse and impregnating the 13-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.

According to Riverside County court documents, 30-year-old Deon Austin Welch, who was convicted of 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one enhancement of bodily injury with sex offense, began his crime when the girl was 11. The victim became pregnant in early 2016 and delivered a child with DNA matching the defendant’s that November.

It was even more horrendous when prosecutors said the poor girl talked to her mother’s coworker about Welch had been performed sexual abuse activities by coming into her bed and touching her sexually years before, in March 2014.

At that point, the case was reported to the county’s Department of Public Social Services, and Hemet police of California began investigating.

However, back in June 2014, the girl’s mother had covered for Welch. He returned to the apartment a short time after the restraining order against him dismissed and continued the rapes. Neither the girl mother nor the social worker did anything to help the victim.

It was not until 2016 when a doctor informed the victim that she was six months pregnant that the police were called about the case again. The girl was taken to the Hemet Valley Medical Hospital by her mother to get an abortion.

When officers interviewed the girl again, she told them she’d been raped at least 90 times.

Welch was arrested months later, on March 17, 2017.

The suspect first denied any inappropriate sexual contact with the victim but in a subsequent interview, he allegedly admitted to having sex with her multiple times but said he was “kind of blackmailed into it.” 

He stated that the victim had threatened him by saying, “If you don’t do this, I’m going to tell my mom,” according to the brief.

Welch showed no emotion as the judge announced his life sentence Friday, the Desert Sun reported.

In February 2018, the victim’s mother was sentenced to formal probation and one-year jail term with a five year, eight months suspended sentence with three felonies: child endangerment, perjury, and being an accessory to repeated child molestation. 

Last August, the girl was awarded $10 million in a settlement with DPSS after filed a suit to the agency for alleged violation of the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and breach of duties.

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