A Buffalo man who molested two girls was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of probation, fined $1,425 and added to the state's sex offender registry.
Phillip Evans, 28, of Chatham Avenue, was warned by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski that he will be "staring at eight years in prison" if he doesn't complete the sex offender treatment that he has just begun.
The judge also issued an order of protection, with the threat of a prison term, if Evans tries to contact the two victims over the next eight years.
"I'm very sorry for what happened," Evans told the judge. "I know I need therapy."
Evans noted that he is an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous.
The grandmother of the victims, ages 7 and 10, told Michalski that they still suffer nightmares and continue to receive professional counseling.
She said Evans has robbed them of their "innocence."
Evans, 28, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of sexual abuse.
Currently unemployed, Evans is apologetic for his "significant" behavioral problems, defense attorney Joel L. Daniels said in court.
Prosecutor Marni Bogart pointed to Evans' history of abusing both alcohol and marijuana. He has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest July 28.
Evans told police he had been inappropriately touching the girls "for relaxation purposes," according to court documents.