NORWALK - A Stamford father accused of groping preteengirls while chaperoning his son's school trip to New York City isstarting a decade of probation. A Manhattan judge said today that Tomas Manzano's drinkingproblem spurred his bizarre behavior on a fifth-grade field trip inJune. Manzano didn't speak as he was sentenced today. He received 10years' probation, plus six months in jail he has already served. The 35-year-old Manzano pleaded guilty last month to attemptedsexual abuse. Prosecutors say he swigged from a bottle of whatsmelled like alcohol before inappropriately touching fully clothed10- and 11-year-old girls. He admitted touching one girl's innerthigh on the trip from the Stillmeadow School. His lawyer says Manzano is relieved the case is concluded.AP wire services contributed to this report

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