A former Taunton man could serve up to 40 years in prison following his conviction on child rape charges.

Gregg Miliote, Director of Communications for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, says that 57-year-old Paul Mealy was convicted earlier this month of two counts of rape of a child with force, two counts of rape of a child, one count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery of a person under 14.

The victim, who is also related to Mealy, told police in 2014 that the assaults took place when the victim was between the ages of 5 years old and 20 years old.

Miliote says the attacks took place two to three times every week for 15 years from 1984 through the year 2000.

Mealy was also placed on probation for 40 years in addition to his sentence.

The terms of the probation include Mealy attending sex offender treatment at his own expense as directed by the Probation Officer and as ordered by the court, at a program approved by the Probation Department, and shall remain in treatment unless and until professionally discharged by the approved sex offender therapist; he shall not reside in a household with minor children; shall have no unsupervised contact with minor children; he shall have no supervised contact with minor children unless and until the supervisor has been approved in advance by the Probation Officer and informed by Probation Officer of the offense for which the defendant is on probation and of any other sexual offense for which the defendant has been found, or has plead guilty; and he shall not be employed in a job that puts him/her into contact with minor children on a regular basis and all employment must be approved in advance by the Probation Officer.

Miliote says the District Attorney's Office will not be disseminating any other facts about the case in order to protect the victim's identity.