East Bay man convicted of impregnating a minor

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An East Bay man is facing life in prison after he was found guilty of sexual abuse against a minor. 

According to the Contra Costa County District’s Attorney’s Office Monday, Julian Chenychen, 40, impregnated a minor, and she gave birth to a stillborn baby. 

Chenychen and a minor, referred to as “Jane Doe” by the DA’s office, moved to the United States in 2019. 

The DA did not disclose the victim’s age but stated she was younger than 18. 

According to the DA, on June 1, 2020, Chenychen took the victim to the hospital for severe stomach pain. There, she gave birth to a full-term stillborn baby. 

The girl did not know she was pregnant and told the medical staff that she didn’t know what was happening to her body. 

Hospital staff told police they believed Chenychen had impregnated her. 

Chenychen was then detained and the Antioch Police Department took over the investigation. Eventually, it was 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 or 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. 

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.


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