An Aiken man was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week after being convicted of molesting a young girl for two years.


Ralphael Robertson, 31, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of lewd acts on a child.


A jury found Robertson guilty after deliberating until 9 p.m. Wednesday.


Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith sentenced Robertson to 30 years in prison for the criminal sexual conduct charges and 10 years to run consecutively for one of the lewd act charges.


Robertson was sentenced to an additional 15 years for the other lewd act charge, which will run concurrently.


Overall, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.


The victim in this case was 5 years old when the abuse began in 2008, according to Assistant Solicitor Ashley Hammack, who prosecuted the case.


The abuse continued until late 2010, when the victim was 7, Hammack said.


Hammack said the victim eventually told her cousin about the abuse, and the cousin then told his mother, who notified police.


Robertson, who has nearly a dozen prior arrests, took the stand in his own defense, Hammack said. She added she was pleased with the outcome of the case.


“This is one of the more egregious cases we’ve had, due to the very young age of the victim,” she said.


Robertson was represented by Assistant Public Defender Michael Routzong.


Assistant Solicitor Sam Grimes also prosecuted the case.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.