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Jul142011

Twelve-Year-Old Sentenced for Cyberstalking Classmate

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A 12-year-old Washington girl was sentenced on Wednesday to probation and community service for a cyberstalking incident in which she and another 11-year-old girl doctored the Facebook account of a classmate, also 12 years old, with explicit photos and solicitations for sex.

But the mother of the victim said she has "mixed feelings" about the sentencing of the girls who hacked her daughter's Facebook page. She isn't satisfied with the judge's ruling.

"We wrote a letter to the judge and we requested that she have no access to social media for the full term of her probation. The judge felt that it would be fine for her to be on with parental supervision," said Tara Cote of Issaquah, Wash.

The 12-year-old, who pleaded guilty and whose name has not been released, was charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing. She was sentenced to six months of probation and 20 hours of community service, along with mandatory adult supervision of all computer usage, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Cote said she wants the tween to have cyberbullying-specific therapy.

"Both girls went online and used social media to do damage and used it as a weapon. Regular therapy will not tell you how to not abuse the Internet," said Cote.

The King County attorney's office did not return a call from ABC News requesting comment.

The girl issued an apology in court.

"I just feel really bad because I know how it feels to be bullied and it's not a good feeling and she didn't deserve to be treated that way at all," the girl said through sniffles, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO.

If the conditions of the sentence are met, the charges will be dismissed. An 11-year-old girl was also charged earlier this month in connection with the case and ordered to do community service. If she completes the hours, the charges against her will also be dismissed.

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