FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping two young girls has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn says 41-year-old Carlos Fernandes will be deported after serving the sentence imposed Wednesday.

Authorities say the Fall River resident raped his girlfriend’s daughter and the girl’s cousin over the course of two years. The assaults started when one girl was 8 and the other was 11.

The assaults only came to a stop after one victim confided in a friend.

Quinn said “the mother did not support her own daughter,” which he described as “particularly offensive.”