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Profiles of MO Sex Offenders Removed From MySpace


Attorneys General from across the nation, including Missouri, continue to make progress in getting the profiles of sex offenders off popular social networking sites. Michele Skalicky has more.

Online profiles of another 370 registered sex offenders from Missouri have been removed from MySpace. According to Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, they were removed over the last four months.

Attorneys general from across the nation have been working with the social networking site for more than two years to protect young children and teenagers from online predators.

Under an agreement announced in January, MySpace instituted a policy of deleting the name of any user it identifies as a sex offender. That account information is then forwarded to Nixon's office, which, to date, has turned over to the MO State Highway Patrol 1,237 profiles that matched those of registered Missouri sex offenders. Nixon's press secretary John Fougere says the Patrol examines the data to see if any of those offenders are under probation or parole.

In May, Nixon and the nation's 49 other attorneys general announced that they had reached an agreement with Facebook, another popular social networking site, to protect children from online predators.

He says parents are the first line of defense against predators. He urges parents to monitor their kids' activities on the Internet and to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity they encounter.