YULEE, Fla. -

Stephen Elliott Drakus, 25, was convicted this week on three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.

Prosecutors say two girls, ages 7 and 9, told authorities in February 2012 that Drakus had inappropriately touched them over a several-year period. The investigation found the abuse started in 2009.

Drakus faces up to life in prison. He will be sentenced Nov. 7.