Singer Cecilio Rodriguez gets year in jail after child molestation plea

Cecilio Rodriguez's mug shot after his arrest in Carson, Calif.
Cecilio Rodriguez's mug shot after his arrest in Carson, Calif.

LOS ANGELES (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local musician Cecilio Rodriguez, of the popular music duo C&K, was given a six-year suspended prison sentence in California today after pleading no contest to sexually molesting two young sisters.

Rodriguez, 67, pleaded to sexually molesting the first victim between 1996 and 1998, and sexually molesting her sister between 1997 and 1999, said Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Adrian Roxas.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office says Rodriguez was on tour at the various times of the assaults and staying with their family in their Carson home. One victim, now 21, was between seven and eight years old at the time of the assault and her sister, now 23, was between eight and nine years old when she was sexually molested

The crimes were discovered last year when one of the women revealed the assault to her father after she refused to visit Rodriguez in Hawaii, Roxas said. Both victims tearfully addressed Superior Court Judge Gary Hahn, telling the judge how Rodriguez had violated their parents' trust.

Judge Hahn ordered Rodriguez to complete 365 days in jail and 52 weeks of sexual offender counseling and placed him on five years formal probation. If he violates his probation, he face the full six year state prison term.

Rodriguez, who was arrested in Hawaii in 1992 for similar assaults on two girls, also was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Roxas said Rodriguez pleaded open to the court, meaning it was not part of a plea agreement.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Special Victim's Bureau investigated the case and arrested Rodriguez in September at LAX.

Rodriguez will surrender to police on March 9th.

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