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TWO BOYS CHARGED IN MOLESTATION OF GIRL

Deputies say it happened in a pool during a game.

Two boys are charged with felonies in connection with allegations that they sexually touched and kissed a girl during a game of truth or dare.

The incident occurred June 10 in a pool at an undisclosed address in Port Richey, according to sheriff's reports. The boys were 12 and 14. The St. Petersburg Times is not naming them because of their ages. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said the girl was "more than 5 and under 11." He would not disclose the girl's exact age for fear of identifying her.

It was not clear who alerted authorities, or whether any adults were present during the time in question. Both boys were arrested Wednesday and charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Land O'Lakes.

There is no minimum age at which a child can be charged with a sex crime in Florida, Tobin said after consulting with agency attorneys. A key question is whether the child knows right from wrong.

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