A 28-year-old Tignish, P.E.I., man was sentenced in Summerside court on Wednesday for sexual assault, luring a minor, and possession of child pornography.

Greg Ritchie Gallant was sentenced to six months in jail and three years' probation. His name will also be on the national sex offender registry for the rest of his life.

Gallant asked two teenage girls to send him topless photos of themselves. He pleaded guilty to the charges and told the court he was sorry.

RCMP started investigating Gallant  last summer.

At the time, a 14-year-old girl who knew Gallant went to police claiming he had groped her.

From there, police uncovered more troubling details. The court heard that for months, Gallant had been trying to lure the 14-year-old, mainly through Facebook and text messages.

He offered her money and cigarettes if she showed him her breasts and had sex with him.

Police also discovered Gallant had been luring another 14-year-old and had pressured her into sending him a nude photo of herself.

It was one of four pornographic photos of minors RCMP found on Gallant's computer.

Crown Prosecutor John Diamond said police and the courts have stepped up their efforts in recent years to stop this kind of crime. He said more parents need to step up, too.

"The police have limited resources," said Diamond. "Young children have to be monitored. People have to be paying attention to what their children are doing with respect to interacting on Facebook."

Judge Jeff Lantz said the case is just the latest example of a growing problem. Young teens are being lured online by adults and in some cases, sending explicit photos of themselves that could end up anywhere.