DELAWARE, Ohio (WTVN) --A Blacklick man has been convicted on rape and other charges connected to the sexual assault on an 11 year old more than 15 years ago.

Gary D. Klusty, 48, was indicted last August.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien says Klusty was a family friend who took advantage of the girl's age, vulnerability and her trust in adults.

A Delaware County jury returned a guilty verdict against Klusty on 7 of the 8 counts facing him--2 counts of rape and 5 counts of gross sexual imposition.

O'Brien calls the verdict a testament to the victim's "strength, resolve, and courage to tell her story.” 

Klusty is in jail facing up to 2 life sentences plus 20 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing has been set for June 13.