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Two teenagers were sentenced in a Grande Prairie court, Monday, after being charged with making child pornography and sexual counsel of a minor.

The two girls are 13 and 14 years-old. The 13 year-old was also sentenced after facing a charge of distributing child pornography.

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According to the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune, the 13 year-old was given a 24 month probationary period and the 14 year-old was given an 18 month probationary period.

Neither girl can be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Herald-Tribune reports that the charges stemmed from an incident on June 25 when the two youths were babysitting two young boys, aged three and four, at a Wembley residence, west of Grande Prairie.

A special prosecutor with the case, Cheryl Schlecker, had explained that the two girls had somehow talked the boys into performing oral acts and cell phone pictures were taken, which the 13 year-old then sent to numerous people.

Schlecker says the girls were eventually arrested later the same day after a youth recipient of the photo text message sent them to her father who then called police.

The defence lawyers for both girls had pointed out the young ages of their clients, saying that they don’t think the girls understood the seriousness of what they were doing.

Along with their probations, the girls have several further conditions by which they must abide. They must complete 100 hours of community service, abide by a curfew and not have any contact with either of the victims or the victims’ family. They are also not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 13 without adult supervision.

The Herald-Tribune, however, reports that the 14 year-old was given one exemption to that stipulation because she has a younger sister.

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Furthermore, the girls are not allowed to have access to any type of visual recording device, computer or any other device that can access the Internet unless they have adult supervision.

The girls are also required to write apology letters to the victims’ family.

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