MySpace is now helping the Texas Attorney General crack down on sex offenders who use the site. Although it first refused to release the information to several attorneys general, MySpace has changed its tune.
NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports what the Attorney General will do with this information and if it will help keep your children safe. The AG's office says they will investigate every sex offender found on the site, to see if they are violating probation or parole by being on the internet. That's where district attorneys across the panhandle may step in to prosecute.
"I have no qualms about making their lives miserable, I want them to be worried about what I will do to them and what Greg Abbott with do to them and keep their minds off of our children," says Randall County District Attorney James Farren.
Greg Abbott wants the names, email addresses, and online profile information of every Texas sex offender. What his office may find is they can't stop every single offender from logging on to the site.
"If they are no longer on probation, simply being a registered sex offender, I am not aware of a statute that would prevent them from being on myspace," says Farren.
Farren says it would have to be a restriction listed in their probation or parole. Take Larry Boss for example. He lives in Amarillo... His crime - aggravated sexual assault of a child. His probation ended in 2006... So unless he is caught luring children, he has free reign on MySpace. But Farren says as long as MySpace complies everyone wins.
"The attorney general is trying to apply pressure to MySpace to cooperate and police themselves and if they are wise that's what they will do because if they don't police themselves the state will," says Farren.
Oklahoma is also reviewing information provided by MySpace to see if sex offenders are violating parole or probation to contact minors on the website. The States' Bureau of Investigation is looking into it.