A 53-year-old Rockport man was charged in July for sexually assaulting two children for a period of six months.

Bail was set July 22 at  $2,500 cash for Mark Cayouette. According to court papers, Cayouette told Rockport Police he was embarrassed and relieved he had been caught. He said the touching was tickling that got out of hand, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

Cayouette is facing two felony unlawful sexual contact charges, which can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Cayouette said the touching had occurred since January 2014, and totaled about six times.

The victims, less than age 12, told police Cayouette had been touching them inappropriately for about a year.

Cayouette is not allowed to have contact with children less than age 16 as part of his bail conditions.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.