California Woman Involved in Niece's Sexual Abuse Asks for Prison

Prison is an appropriate punishment, a Southern California woman told the judge sentencing her for helping her boyfriend videotape sexual assaults on her 4-year-old niece, reports.

The woman, Sheila Sikat, 28, of Rancho Santa Margarita, appeared before the judge Friday facing up to 109 years in prison in the case. reports Sikat's sister and mother asked for leniency, but Sikat asked for punishment.

"I'm at complete fault," she said. "And I do deserve to go to prison because I failed to protect my niece."

Sikat was convicted Dec. 17 on 55 sex-related charges, including using a minor for a sex act, according to

Sikat's boyfriend, David Shoutyh Hwang, 36, pleaded guilty in 2006 and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. He testified that he gave Sikat drugs to make her go along with the molestation.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gary Paer is scheduled to sentence Sikat on March 6.

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