FALL RIVER — A middle-aged Fall River man convicted of sexually molesting a preteen female relative was sentenced earlier this month to the maximum penalty of two and a half years in jail.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said a jury convicted 49-year-old David Silvia III on Dec. 1.

Silvia had been charged with one count of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 for an incident that took place in the summer of 2015.

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He was sentenced to two and a half years in jail, the maximum allowable jail term.

According to the D.A.'s office, the defense had argued that Silvia should be placed on probation.

The young victim came forward to her mother in 2018 about the molestation.

She testified about the incident during the trial.

“I commend the victim for her perseverance and courage, especially at such a young age, for testifying against the defendant for his very despicable conduct," said District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

"I am pleased the jury held him accountable and that he received the maximum jail sentence."

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