Christopher Koteras was convicted in open court for eight counts of first-degree sex abuse of a child by a Jessamine County jury on Tuesday.
The jury recommended 40 years, five years for each count, for his sexual contact with the victim between July 9, 2007, and June 15, 2010.
Koteras, 36, was taken back into custody and is being held in the Jessamine County Detention Center until his formal sentencing by Judge Hunter Daugherty set for Sept. 20.
Originally, Koteras was indicted in May of 2011 on 24 counts of first-degree sex abuse. He entered a not-guilty plea June 1 and posted a $20,000 full-cash bond.
"I'm happy the jury reached the conclusion they did," prosecuting commonwealth attorney Tom Lockridge said. "We're grateful for them taking a tough stand against this kind of crime."
Lockridge added that Detective Kim Hamilton with the Nicholasville Police Department was the one who handled the investigation and "did a good, thorough job."