A former Centerville man who admitted sexually abusing a young girl almost weekly for the past five years was sentenced to five years to life in prison this week.

Gary Heugly, 46, pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court in November to one charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse, a first-degree felony, and a second charge of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.In return, another first-degree felony count of child rape was dismissed and the aggravated sexual abuse charge was amended to attempted aggravated sexual abuse, removing a minimum mandatory sentence of five, 10 or 15 years.

Heugly admitted sexually abusing two girls, one 8 and the other 14, in incidents that go back to 1986.

Heugly has undergone a sexual evaluation and started therapy. He told Judge Rodney S. Page that he's relieved "the whole nightmare is coming to an end."

Defense attorney Terry Cathcart said Heugly will not get adequate counseling in the state prison and asked for jail time followed by a period of intense treatment in a community corrections center.

The judge sentenced him to five years to life in prison on the first-degree felony charge and a concurrent one-to-15 year term on the second-degree felony. He also ordered him to pay all counseling or therapy costs required by his victims.