MANATEE COUNTY — A Palmetto man was found guilty of 19 counts of sending nude pictures to minors through Snapchat and other social media applications.

Phillip Michael Dorics, 31, sent sexually explicit images of himself to a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl, as well as an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, from June 1 to Sept. 21, 2015, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Dorics could face a maximum sentence of 100 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 31.

The two-day jury trial, which ended July 12, was presided over by Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll. The jury deliberated for a little over two hours.

Assistant State Attorney Travis Mellish said Dorics had dated the first victim’s second cousin. The other victim was a friend of the first one.

The Bradenton Police Department began investigating Dorics on Aug. 31, 2015, when officers received information that Dorics was trying to solicit minors for sex. An informant told police that Dorics would go onto Snapchat and other social media applications under the username “Phildo282,” the police report said.

Law enforcement then began an independent investigation, posing as a 14-year-old girl. During the investigation, Dorics sent approximately 40 nude photographs and videos of himself to the alleged 14-year-old, and tried to solicit her for sex.

“Doric’s main defense was that he felt essentially entrapped by the law enforcement officer posing as a 14-year-old female,” Mellish said. “He also argued that it was someone else who hacked the Snapchat account that sent the photos to the other two victims.”

In 2008, Dorics was found not guilty of sexual battery against his nine-year-old stepdaughter, whom he lived with at the time.

“The State is pleased with the jury’s verdict and glad to see justice for the victims of the defense’s disturbing actions,” said Assistant State Attorney Charlie Lawrence, the lead prosecutor in the case. “We will be seeking a total sentence of 25 years with a sex offender designation.”