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MySpace Releases Names of Sex Offenders in Missouri

By Jennifer Galt

Kansas City, MO – The social networking website MySpace has turned over the names of registered sex offenders in Missouri to the state highway patrol.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon asked the company for the names of all sex offenders signed up with the site last month. The spokesperson for Nixon's office, John Fougere, says this is part of the state's crackdown on registered sex offenders.

John Fougere: By providing the names of these 178 convicted sex offenders to Missouri law enforcement, that allows law enforcement to hire patrol to look for potential parole violations by these offenders.

MySpace had already removed the profiles of all registered sex offenders prior to being contacted by the Missouri attorney general. However, the company has handed over information about each offender's profile and who they had been in touch with.
All 50 states have requested similar information. Across the state line, Kansas received the names of 300 registered offenders last week.

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