FARMINGTON — A Superior Court justice sentenced a Wilton man to serve five years of a 15-year prison term Friday for sexually assaulting and inappropriately touching a girl under age 14 for several years.

Justin Rowe, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual contact.

The agreement between the state and defense dismissed a third count of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual touching.

Rowe was arrested in early December 2009 after Wilton police conducted an investigation into the case.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson said Rowe’s conduct was a betrayal of trust since he was friends with family members. The incident happened over three or four years.

The girl’s parents told the court in person and by letter that they wanted Rowe to get the maximum 30 years in prison for the sexual assault charges.

Her father told the court that their lives have been forever changed.

Robinson read a letter from the victim that told how she was scared, terrified and sad.

“I’m so glad I told. Justin should never be free again. He should be tortured,” the victim wrote. “If I could have it my way, he would spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Robinson asked the court to sentence Rowe to 15 years in prison with all but five years suspended and six years probation for one count of gross sexual assault. On the second count of the same charge he asked for the same sentence to run concurrently.

For the unlawful sexual contact charge he asked for 10 years in prison, all suspended, and 12 years probation. He also asked that Rowe have no contact with children under age 18 except for family and that would need to be supervised by a parent or a guardian. Robinson also asked that he complete sex offender counseling and meet other conditions.

The family wanted the maximum sentence but was willing to accept the lower sentence to prevent the girl from having to testify during a trial, Robinson said.

Rowe addressed the court looking straight ahead at Justice Michaela Murphy and not turning back to look at the family or victim.

“I would like to say I am sorry for what I did,” Rowe said. “If I could take it all back, I would in a heartbeat.”

He also told the victim, “I hope this does not affect the rest of your life. I hope you get all the help you need to move forward.”

He also told them he was sorry for all the hurt and stress he caused them and asked the victim’s family to take care of her and help her move on.

Rowe’s attorney, Woody Hanstein, said his client has virtually no record. He accepted responsibility and prevented the victim from going through a trial.

Justice Murphy ordered Rowe to serve the time outlined by the state.

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