Cox Posting Sex Offenders Kicked Off MySpace

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

A specially designed computer program helped MySpace use state sex offender registries to comb through company files.

200 Michiganders with both sex-related convictions and pages on the popular social networking website were discovered.

MySpace removed the pages, and then they shared the names with Attorney General Mike Cox.

The state has made that list of now-banned sex offenders available online--names and their old usernames too. Some are suggestive like "felonious_thoughts" and "boyheartboy." The link can be found below.

"We went through one by one," AG spokesperson Matt Frendewey says, " and found 28 on parole or on probation."

The AGs office will pursue legal action against 4 of the 200. Each were using the internet in violation of the terms of their parole.

"At the end of the day, if your parole officer says you can't use the computer, you can't be on the internet, and you have a MySpace profile, we're gonna bring down the heavy arm of the law," Frendewey says.

The AG sees a public list as a teachable moment.

"Today should serve as a reminder to parents to continue to monitor the activities of their children on the Internet," Cox wrote in a press release.

Though the 200 men and woman are now forbidden by MySpace, there are almost certainly others who didn't turn up in the company's search.

"There are other predators who lie about their names, about their identities," Frendewey agrees.

This list, the AG is hopeful, is yet another warning about a world wide web too big to be policed by the state.

http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-34739-170808--,00.html


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  • by Mary Location: Commerce on Jun 22, 2007 at 05:48 PM
    Kudo's to Mike Cox and his Team for continuing to track down and expose these reprobates. Who knows how many children the A.G.'s Office has safeguarded so far. Bravo!
  • by Mary Location: Lansing on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:14 AM
    I thought I heard that the list would be available on your site; where can I access it?
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    I went to the State's website. Here's the link to view the list: http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-34739-170808--,00.html
  • by anna Location: lansing on Jun 22, 2007 at 08:30 AM
    seems to me now previous offenders who are not allowed online will know to use fake names, etc...
  • by Heather Location: Lansing on Jun 22, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    The list can be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-34739-170808--,00.html
  • by mj Location: jonesville on Jun 22, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    The morning news states the list would be available here at the wilx site. Found the article, however, no list of myspace nickname/offenders is available.
  • by Peegy Location: Hillsdale on Jun 22, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    I was trying to find the posting where can I find it.
  • by Scott Location: Diamondale on Jun 22, 2007 at 03:22 AM
    where can I see this list Cox is posting?
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