Charles Samuel Burgess II, 65, most recently of Norman, Okla., abused the girls - who were relatives - when they took "birthday trips" to his house in Arlington, according to prosecutor Bill Vassar, who tried the case with Heather Davenport.
The oldest girl, who was abused in 2010 and 2011 when she visited Burgess' home for her 11th and 12th birthdays, testified that she received her first kiss from Burgess. The younger girl, who was abused in August 2010 while celebrating her 10th birthday, told jurors she played "Strip Connect Four" with Burgess, according to the Tarrant County district attorney's office.
"When you steal a 12-year-old relative's first kiss and play 'Strip Connect Four' with her 11-year-old sister, you have pretty much punched your ticket," Vassar said, in a written statement.
A jury in state District Judge George Gallagher's court convicted Burgess last week of one count of continous sexual abuse of a child and one count of indecency. The jury sentenced him to the maximum of 99 years for continuous abuse and 20 years for indecency.
A person convicted for continous sexual abuse of a child is not eligible for parole under a state statute known as "Jessica's Law," which was named for a girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed by a registered sex offender.
Burgess' attorney, Kobby T. Warren, said his client insisted he did not assault the girls.
"He always maintained his innocence," Warren said. "He was extremely surprised, shocked, even disappointed" by the jury's decision.