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Las Vegas Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

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LAS VEGAS -- A judge sentenced a Las Vegas man to eight to 20 years behind bars for attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14, but the two girls who accused him say he sexually abused them for years.

The judge sentenced the girls' stepfather Ronald Silva during a hearing Monday. The charges and sentence were part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The I-Team has been tracking the girls' story for more than six years. It started when the then 6 and 8 year olds contracted gonorrhea.

No one could figure out how they contracted the sexually transmitted disease.

The girls, who are now 13 and 15 years old, gave emotional testimony before the judge Monday. It is 8 News NOW policy to protect the victims of sexual abuse. Their names and the name of their father, along pictures, will not be included in this report.

Investigators eventually pinned the abuse to their stepfather Ronald Silva.

"Today's sentencing is the end of my child's nightmare," the girls' father said.

The father of two young girls has waited years for this moment: the sentencing of his daughters' abuser.

"To face him and knowing what has gone...what he has done to my children. He has taken everything from them," their father said.

The girls decided to face their stepfather in court in hopes of increasing his sentence. They told the judge they were forced to do things no child should ever encounter.

"I didn't touch it because I wanted to. I touched it because he forced me," one of the girls testified.

Both girls contracted gonorrhea at the ages of 6 and 8. Initially, no one could figure out how they got it. The girls say it was from years of sexual abuse by their stepdad.

"He never used a condom, not once. I am positive this is why I had gonorrhea when I was 8," one of the girls said in court.

As a result of the abuse, one of the girls tried to commit suicide. The other is still struggling.

"Here we are today at the sentencing of my stepdad. What do you think he deserves? I know what I think he deserves. He needs the longest sentence you could possibly give him," one of the girls told the judge.

The girls' father says his daughters' mother, Michelle Silva, who plead guilty to child endangerment and neglect charges in the case, failed to listen when the girls told her of the abuse.

"I completely feel she failed. Failed as a mother to protect them," he said.

It is an accusation the girls also maintain.

"She didn't do anything. She didn't call the police, move us out or let us go with my dad," one of the girls said.

The court still needs to sentence their mother for her guilty plea. Her next court date is Feb. 20.

The girls are now living full time with their father and are seeing a therapist. However, they say the nightmare of abuse will never fully be erased.

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