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Sex Offenders on MySpace

Tracking sex offenders on MySpace.com has been a mission for lawmakers across Connecticut. Now, they're teaming up with other states to make sure more kids don't become victims.

Eric Parker has the story.

For parents, keeping up with MySpace.com can be a daunting task.

"That's my big concern, they might be thinking they're talking to someone their same age and they're actually talking to a sex offender," Maria Vicente said.

Now attorneys general around the country are asking MySpace to turn over a list of every known sex offender with an account.

"We demand to know the numbers, the names, the places they've lived and what actions have been taken to remove them from the site," said Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's Attorney General.

According to Blumenthal, MySpace recently hired a consultant to crosscheck members against sex offender registries around the country, but so far the results are private.

"We have learned that there are literally thousands of registered sex offenders with profiles on MySpace," Blumenthal said.

One of the reasons these lists are so important to law enforcement is that users can set their pages to private, so no one can view them, not even law enforcement. That means the only way they can get this information about who these people really are is if MySpace gives it to them.

"We want to know whether these sex offenders have been in contact with anyone else on the site, so we can alert those people that they are being in danger," said Eric Parkers.

So far an attorney from MySpace.com hasn't commented on the letter, but parents said they're eager to find out more.

The Defense Department will begin blocking access worldwide to MySpace and twelve other popular websites.

The memo said such recreational traffic impacts the official Defense Department network and bandwidth ability, while posing a significant operational security challenge.


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