FARMINGTON — A Wilton man has been sentenced to one year in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Peter Essman was also sentenced last week to four years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

The 65-year-old Essman pleaded guilty earlier this month to one felony count of unlawful sexual contact and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual touching. The state dismissed two identical charges in a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say Essman touched the victims unlawfully under the guise of giving them back rubs between Feb. 2, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2012.

Essman’s attorney tells the Sun Journal that his client is remorseful.

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