NORWALK - A 63-year-old Shelton man has been sentencedto a special form of probation on charges that he sexually abused aneighbor's horse. Marian Wegiel faced cruelty to animal and other charges. Hiscriminal record will be wiped clean if he successfully completesthe two years of probation under the state's acceleratedrehabilitation program.As News 12 Connecticut has reported, he told police that was comforting the female horse because shehad been scared by a loud noise. The neighbors say they saw Wegiel inappropriately touching thehorse, which was crying in pain. Under the terms of his probation, Wegiel is not allowed to haveany unsupervised contact with animals.AP wire services contributed to this reportShelton man accused of sexually assaulting horse