For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: May 14, 2007

Wasden Seeks Information on Sex Offenders Using MySpace

(Boise) – The popular social networking website, MySpace, needs to provide the names of the thousands of registered sex offenders the company has identified on its website, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Wasden joined the Attorneys General from seven other states in sending a letter to MySpace asking the company to provide the names and states of all registered sex offenders who have placed profiles on its social networking site.

“I tell parents every day that MySpace is a dangerous place for teenagers,” Attorney General Wasden said. “MySpace is very popular with teens and no place for registered sex offenders to be trolling for their next victim.”

State attorneys general believe that data from Sentinel Tech Holdings, a company working with MySpace, indicate that thousands of known sex offenders may have been confirmed as MySpace members. In a letter sent today to MySpace, Attorney General Wasden and seven other state attorneys general asked the company to provide the names and states of all registered sex offenders with profiles on its social networking site.

Today’s letter requests that MySpace tell the attorneys general by May 29, 2007, how many registered sex offenders have been found on its site and what steps the company has taken to remove them from the site. In addition, the letter asks MySpace to provide details on what it has done to alert other MySpace users who have communicated with these offenders, and also to alert law enforcement about these offenders.

Attorney General Wasden and a group of attorneys general have been pushing MySpace to do a better job protecting children from dangers on its site such as sexual predators and inappropriate content.

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