The trial for Ole Ricardo Silva, 36, Minot, began Monday in the Ward County Courthouse in Minot. Silva is charged with gross sexual imposition and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Both Class AA felony charges stem from incidents that occurred in 2008.
If convicted, Silva will be given a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for each offense, with lifetime supervised probation to follow after serving his sentences, according to chapter 12.1-20-03 of the North Dakota Century Code.
Jury selection took up much of the day Tuesday and the trial is expected to last until Friday.