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Sex offenders used Myspace

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MISSOURI -- On June 26, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon provided the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the names and other information of 98 additional convicted sex offenders identified as having pages on the popular social networking Web site MySpace.com.

Two weeks ago, Nixon provided the names of 178 such sex offenders to the Highway Patrol.

In a news release from Nixon's office, he said he asked the patrol to examine the data to look for parole violations by offenders who may be barred from using a computer or contacting minors.

Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King said July 6 that his office has not been contacted by Troop G regarding any use of the MySpace Web site by convicted sex offenders in Oregon County.

"Our investigation into the use of Web sites such as MySpace.com by sex offenders continues," Nixon said. "We will continue to work to identify and catalogue those who attempt to use the site as a means of committing criminal acts."

Nixon said MySpace will continue to immediately delete the name of any user it identifies as a sex offender, and will preserve that offenders account information to forward to Nixon's office.

"Some sex offenders may think they can use anonymity of the internet to continue to prey on Missouri children," Nixon said. "But this action by my office and my colleagues in other states sends a strong message to those who think they can operate in the shadows."

Nixon said it is important for parents to monitor their kids' activity on the internet, and to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity they encounter.

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