Is MySpace a safe haven for sex offenders?
MySpace Faces a Perp Problem
By Jenn Shreve
02:00 AM Apr, 18, 2006
According to his MySpace page, the 41-year-old San Bruno, California, resident is single, a Sagittarius, a nonsmoker and nondrinker, and counts an online stripper among his six friends. But California’s online database of registered sex offenders offers a different profile of the same man: convictions for forced sodomy, oral sex and “lewd and lascivious acts” — all with a person under the age of 14.
A 22-year-old man in San Francisco comes off as a typical college student on MySpace, professing a love for beat poetry, nature and obscure coffee house bands. His profile doesn’t mention that he’s a convicted child molester.
Wired News ran the names of randomly selected registered sex offenders in San Francisco and neighboring Sonoma County through MySpace’s user search engine, and turned up no fewer than five men whose self-reported names, photographs, ages, astrological signs, locations and (in two instances) heights matched those of profiles on the state’s online sex offender registry.
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