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Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell wants to remove the anonymity of the Internet from sex offenders

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell is seeking legislation requiring convicted sex offenders to register their online identities with the state’s recently revamped Sex Offender Registry. Sex offenders will have to identify their email addresses, instant messaging and chat room screen names so that sites such as MySpace can more easily block access of predators.

This decision comes after a discussion in Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s Youth Internet Safety Task Force. A member who represents told the group about the Web site’s initiative seeking federal legislation that would require convicted sex offenders to register all of their email addresses in a national sex offender database. The group instantly supported the idea but added the additional requirement of instant messaging identities.

Speaking about the proposed legislation, Attorney General McDonnell noted, “We require all sex offenders to register their physical and mailing addresses in Virginia, but in the 21st century it is just as critical that they register any email addresses or IM screen names. This has become readily apparent during the meetings of our Youth Internet Safety Task Force, and it is time we take this step. has led the way in coming up with this proactive solution, and Virginia will take the lead in being the first to propose the measure on a state level. I hope other social networking sites will join in implementing the software necessary to accomplish this goal.”

MySpace last week announced a technology that will be able to search existing state and federal databases to identify and delete the profiles of registered sex offenders. Such an effort to identify sex offenders on MySpace was first reported early October when Kevin Poulsen used a Perl script to cross reference MySpace users with state databases.

By creating a database of email addresses and IM names, and allowing social networking sites such as to access that database, law enforcement will be able to help such sites monitor users. When, or any other social networking site, comes across the email address or IM name of a registered sex offender they will now have the ability to both delete and/or block these individuals from accessing their site. 

“It is critical that states take this step as the vast majority of prosecutions and convictions for sex offenders take place at the state level,” McDonnell continued to emphasize. “This is not a foolproof approach, as we all fully realize how easy it is to get new email addresses. But by requiring registration, and by making the penalties for failure to register the same as those for failure to register physical and mailing addresses, we will take another positive step towards protecting children online.”

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RE: Opposed
By ninjit on 12/13/2006 12:56:03 PM , Rating: 3
Is God or evolution wrong

Nice, I like the PCness of your comment...

RE: Opposed
By masher2 on 12/13/2006 12:59:22 PM , Rating: 1
He covered his bases, for sure...

RE: Opposed
By Christopher1 on 12/13/2006 8:56:51 PM , Rating: 3
He's got it half right. Puberty lately has been starting in girls and boys at the age of 7 in most cases (puberty starts WITHOUT obvious signs in most children)!

I know some girls around me, who are sexually active at the age of 9 (at least from what they have told me), and who started developing SSC's at the age of 5, without any hormone problems, tumors or anything else that would start puberty early. Some of them were even tested for exposure to those plastics that cause early puberty, and it came back negative.

The only thing that is different from 200 years ago is that children are better fed today, therefore their bodies don't have to wait to start puberty because of lack of food.

We know, from gymnasts and physically active girls, that girls who burn off calories to the point of not having any fat reserves whatsoever, start puberty later.

We know, from fat girls, that those who have LARGE reserves of fat start earlier (including my cousin, who started at the age of 8 because she was slightly overweight).

Nature and evolution have made their decision, and that decision is that children are SUPPOSED to be sexually active. Otherwise, nature would have made us WITHOUT sexual organs until that magical age of 18, when we would suddenly develop a penis or a pussy.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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