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AG: 2,100 N.C. sex offenders on MySpace

Posted March 10, 2009

— More than 2,100 registered North Carolina sex offenders were found on the MySpace social networking site, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

Almost two years ago, Cooper subpoenaed MySpace to get data on sex offenders using the Web site. MySpace later turned over the names and e-mail addresses of 2,116 convicted North Carolina sex offenders found on its site.

Cooper has requested similar information from MySpace competitor Facebook.

“It’s no secret that child predators are on these Web sites,” Cooper said in a statement. “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.”

At the urging of Cooper and other state attorneys general, MySpace last year developed technology to find and remove sex offenders from its site. Cooper said he is pushing Facebook and other social networking Web sites to take similar steps.

MySpace officials said they have removed all of the identified sex offenders from the site. People who have been charged with but not convicted of sex offenses, offenders who aren't registered with authorities and registered offenders using aliases might still be using MySpace, officials said.

Cooper said he remains concerned about sex offenders on the site who might be lying about who they are, and he has asked MySpace to do more to protect children on its site.

The General Assembly last year beefed up sanctions for online predators, including banning convicted sex offenders from social networking sites where children are members. Those who authorities believe violated the law can be charged with a felony.

Prosecutors in Cooper's office have shared the MySpace information with state probation officials to identify possible violations by probationers who may be barred from using a computer or contacting minors.


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  • roncorey1 Mar 11, 2009

    Also check the article on here about the woman in Parkton who is charged with child neglect of ALL her kids!!

    This is what is happening to our kids while our AG worries about MySpace and Facebook!!!

    Diabetes, obesity, easy access to handguns, lack of sidewalks on busy roads, etc. These things endanger our children ALOT more than some loser trolling on the web!!

  • roncorey1 Mar 11, 2009

    Child abuse of the non-sexual kind; beating, neglect, emotional abuse; always gets overshadowed by sensationalist political garbage ilke this!!

    Instead of Cooper worrying about trivial matters like these he should worry about illegal aliens kidnapping and raping twelve year olds (see article on this site)and all the children who are beaten and neglected in this state.

  • NCworkingwoman Mar 10, 2009

    "I think all 2100 names should be released to the public!" - sayitoutloud

    We have sex offender registries for that. I've looked up neighbors, my boyfriend (after our first date), coworkers, and other peopel I am acquainted with.

  • dougdeep Mar 10, 2009

    2,100? So what? MySpace isn't a website targeted to children.

    This is like saying there were 210 sex offenders at the Hurricanes game last week. There's nothing to correlate in the data.

  • FonziBeWithYou Mar 10, 2009

    Why should MySpace (or Facebook or whoever) have to protect YOUR children? Is that the job of the parents? Parents need to be aware of what their kids do online and educate their children about the dangers of the internet. Tell your kids you want their password so you can monitor their activity...if they refuse to give it, password protect the whole computer so they can't use it - period!

    PS...you all are aware that you can make your MySpace private right? So only the people you (or your kids) accept as friends can view your/their page? Simply switching from public to private does wonders for cutting down on strangers contacting you or your kids. You can also set it to where people have to know your first and last name in order to add you. Same goes for Facebook...take advantage of the privacy options, people!!!

  • dcatz Mar 10, 2009

    I have a novel concept to introduce to everyone.

    It's called "parenting". As in, paying attention to what your child does on the internet.

    MySpace is not the police nor should they have to perform law enforcement duties at their own expense. There are over 1 billion people on the internet and it is utter insanity to expect social networking sites to be able to keep track of every sex offender.

  • BigUNCFan Mar 10, 2009

    can you legally remove a sex offender's profile if there is no indication that he/she was using it with malicious intent?

    Absolutely. All of the contracts that you agree to when you sign up for services like this if you read them closely say that the service providers can delete your profile for any reason they see fit.

    This effort shows folks are trying but the technology is just too far ahead of the cops in this case. First, the article mentioned a 2 year lag time which is an eternity. Secondly, the same folks can just get on again with a new id and go from there like it never happened, just a 5 minute inconvenience. Also, facebook and dozens of other peer to peer social networks are popping up everywhere so these guys have tons to choose from.

    I think the only way you stop this stuff is life sentences and perhaps some sort of sterilization for repeat offenders although civil libertarians would never allow that.

  • Mr. Iowa Mar 10, 2009

    Charged but not convicted? They should be left on there.

    Obviously people forget the entire "Innocent until proven guilty" part of the law. If there's suspicion of someone is luring people via MySpace then a court order is needed to ban them from computers or somethign else. Don't presume guilt based on charges.

  • scarletindurham Mar 10, 2009

    MySpace is old news. Everyone uses Facebook now and you have a choice of each person who sees your profile since you have to approve them. So the big deal is... what? If I am walking through a mall I can't pick and choose who looks at me, so why are online networking sites more dangerous? Teach your children not to add people as a friend that they don't know, and if your kids are meeting people off the internet they deserve serious punishment for that kind of stupidity anyway. Next!

  • sayitoutloud Mar 10, 2009

    I think all 2100 names should be released to the public!