NC gets new powers to punish sex offenders
North Carolina authorities will soon have new powers to punish sex offenders, and bartenders will be looking at underage customers' ID cards in a new way.Posted — Updated
One law makes it a felony for a registered sex offender to use a social networking Web site accessible to minors, starting Dec. 1. It also increases the penalties for some sex crimes involving children.
The other law requires registered sex offenders to give law inforcement their e-mail addresses and online user IDs, starting May 1. That information can be provided to social networking Web sites so they can screen users.
Officials with those sites, including MySpace, asked for the laws so they could kick off offenders.
A state survey found that some young adults were able to buy alcohol even after presenting identification which showed they were not 21 years old.
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