This article is over 9 years old MySpace Social networking sites have been urged to do more to protect their young users after MySpace announced it had identified and removed about 90, registered sex offenders from its site in the last two years. The figure was almost double the number the company had originally estimated last year. Roy Cooper, the North Carolina attorney general who is leading US efforts to improve safety on social networking sites, said the figures came as no surprise. That's why these social networking sites have the responsibility to make their sites safe for children. He and Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal co-lead a taskforce on social networking. They received assurances last year from MySpace and Facebook about tougher security, and both sites implemented dozens of safeguards, including finding better ways to verify users' ages, banning convicted sex offenders from the sites and limiting the ability of older users to search members under
Where Can A Pedophile Find Their Next Victim? Try An Online Social Networking Venue
Turn over sex offender data Connecticut attorney general serves subpoena on MySpace and says independent research about sex offenders on the social-networking site is the "tip of the iceberg. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal also told CNET News that his office is reviewing independent research about registered sex offenders said to still populate the site. Blumenthal declined to comment on whether he plans to take further action. Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace's chief security officer, said in a statement provided via e-mail that MySpace was using "state of the art technology to aggressively identify and remove registered sex offenders from our site. Law enforcement officials and parents are concerned that sex offenders can easily find victims on social networks. From deleted profile information, officials can see whether sex offenders have violated parole by joining a social network and whether they have been communicating with minors on the site. This screenshot shows a registered sex offender on the Texas registry Web site.
That is all that is required of a child in order to set up a MySpace account and is all that was needed for Kenneth Thomsa to find the four teen girls who he lured into bed and videotaped. In Cleveland, Ohio , Kenneth Thomsa was convicted last month on several counts of unlawful sex with a minor and pandering lewd materials. The man, who was in his early twenties at the time, used his MySpace account to meet the four young girls. He encouraged them to sneak out of their homes in the nighttime and come to his house, where they had sex. On two separate occasions, he videotaped the sexual encounters.
Internet Sex offender arrested for violating parole on MySpace Texas man is just the latest of about 30 convicted sex offenders arrested to date by state authorities for allegedly accessing MySpace in violation of parole conditions. Jesse Clay Scott, 33, of Seguin, Texas, is just the latest of about 30 convicted sex offenders arrested to date by the Texas Attorney General's Fugitive and Cyber Crimes units for allegedly accessing MySpace in violation of parole conditions. Four others were arrested for allegedly using the social-networking site to meet and sexually proposition undercover agents posing as minors under the age of 15, the Texas Attorney General's office said in a statement and videotaped news conference. The MySpace home page of convicted sex offender Jesse Scott, arrested for allegedly violating his parole by using MySpace.