Attorney General: 2000+ Sex Offenders On MySpace

Raleigh, NC - Thousands of convicted sex offenders may be breaking a new state law that bans them from social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Now the names, IP and e-mail addresses of those registered sex offenders who have MySpace accounts are being sent to local sheriff departments.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says 2116 North Carolina sex offenders were found on the social networking site. Cooper says MySpace turned over information in response to a subpoena.

MySpace says it has now removed the sex offenders from the web site.

A new state law bans convicted sex offenders from social networking sites like MySpace where children are members. "It's no secret that child predators are on these web sites," Cooper said. "Turning over information about these predators to law enforcement helps, but MySpace, Facebook and other social networks need to do much more to protect kids online."

Cooper has asked the SBI Computer Crimes Unit, which leads the NC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to work with the sheriffs to use this information to help keep communities safe.

The attorney general has also requested similar information from Facebook.

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  • by Anonymous Location: here on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Some have not logged on since they registered, not al sex offenders are monsters who did something to a child. Unfortunately the registry doesnt have different categories, there IS a difference.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Mar 10, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Great! Is there an island off the coast we can put these miscreants on? With no power and no computers, preferably.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Mar 10, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    This is not a surprise at all. We have known this all the time and now they are making it public. Arrest them and charge them with violating parole and put them back in the can please.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    Watch out! There is one waitin to get in your britches. Marie, Sheppard Memorial Library is not the only place. Williamston, Washington, Windsor, and Tarboro are just as bad as Greenville.
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Mar 10, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Many of these and other predators are accessing Myspace while using the computers at Shepard Memorial Library. If you walk past, you can see them searching for young girls in scantily clad outfits.
  • by Brandy Goddard Location: Jamesville on Mar 10, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    GREAT JOB!!!! : ) Keep up the good work!
  • by Retired Marine E-9 Location: Jacksonville on Mar 10, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    You people are just identifying this issue? I have tracked over 30 myself and turned in names only to find thier user names change, but he IP stay the same, even a few try to make themselves and IP invisible, Wonders of DOD class software and FBI Software, you can find anything. Let me catch any of them in my neigborhood. Whether they were caught and sent to jail and the law says they paid the price, well that is bull, there is no price/time that would make up ever hurting a child.

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