A 56-year-old man has been convicted of sexually abusing or attempting to sexually abuse two young girls in 2011.

A jury found Ralph Hernandez guilty of four charged counts of sexual abuse of a minor on Tuesday, according to a release from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson's office.

The charges include three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and a single count of second-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

"In each instance he had engaged in a romantic relationship with the girls’ mothers, which allowed him access to the victims," the release stated. "To aid in their deliberations the jury was also able to hear evidence of a third young victim whose mother had also been in a relationship with Hernandez."

Hernandez faces a minimum required sentence of over 39 years active jail time for the combined offenses. He wasn't present during his trial because "he was unable to conform his behavior to courtroom requirements."

The case was investigated by the Anchorage Police Department and Detective Leonard Torres. It was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Luba Bartnitskaia and Deputy District Attorney Brittany Dunlop. The trial judge in the case is Michael Wolverton.

Hernandez's sentencing will be at 9 a.m. on May 24, 2019.

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