John Cervantes pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted sexual assault.
Prosecutors say the abuse began several years ago when the victim was 7 or 8 years old.
Washoe District Judge Elliott Sattler sentenced Cervantes in Reno on Tuesday.
He'll have to serve a minimum of 16 years before he will be eligible for parole.
STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania - An elementary school teacher in the Poconos is facing a dozen charges in a child sex abuse scandal. Brandon Flatley, 39, was placed on unpaid leave earlier this month amidst a criminal investigation.
The Stroudsburg Area School District is now considering firing him permanently, after criminal charges were filed last week. One of the charges indicates Flatley, a father of two, may have had sexual contact with a student while on district property. Flatley's next-door neighbor in Stroud Township said she is shocked by the allegations.
"He looked like a real nice father, they doing homework and singing. I was so surprised," said Huong DeSa. "I had no idea what was going on inside, but on the outside they were good to me." According to the district superintendent, the child's parents came forward with allegations in late December.
That also sparked the criminal investigation with Stroud Area Regional Police. Flatley was placed on paid leave on December 24th, officials said. According to court records, the alleged crimes happened in April 2013. The Pennsylvania Department of Education confirmed Flatley has been certified as a teacher since 2008.
Prior to employment with Stroudsburg schools, Flatley was granted child abuse clearance and passed a criminal background check, officials said. "All of those clearances were in place, but that's really not a stop gap, or a predictor, on how some of these may go, and decisions some people might make, unfortunately," said Dr. John Toleno, Stroudsburg superintendent.
Flatley was employed as a fourth grade strings music teacher at Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School. According to the district, about 120 students are currently enrolled in the program. Flatley also worked with the middle and high school music program, according to district officials.
The school board is expected to vote on whether or not to fire Flatley permanently at a regular meeting in February. A source close to the case tells 69 News Flatley is expected to turn himself in to police later this week.