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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 Christopher1 on 12/13/2006 8:50:24 PM , Rating: 0
No, we don't have to deal with it, and many of us in this world are trying to get the 'age of adulthood' changed or removed totally, and not just pedophiles and 'monsters'.

I know many parents and adults who believe that their children are old enough to make their own sexual choices at the age of 6, and allow them to do so with anyone they wish. Yet they have to tell them "Don't tell anyone outside of the family, because they will try to take you away from us!"

Why the BLEEP do we put that tremendous pressure on those children? Not to protect them, not at all, speaking from my own experiences as a child. We do it because some religious idiots in the world think that their imaginary (yes, I said IMAGINARY !) god is going to be angry with them if we allow them to make their own sexual choices.

The other reason that people argue, is that there are so many STD's out there. Well, most of the STD's are only being transmitted because we don't tell people how to tell that people have them, and don't mark the ones who have incurable or persistent ones, so it's a crapshoot as to whether they can choose a healthy person or not.

RE: Opposed
By creathir on 12/15/2006 12:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
Are you insane???

A 6 year old... you would rob the innocence of a 6 year old like that (or you have no problem with it)

You can believe God is imaginary all you want, that is a totally separate topic, but the mere fact that you want a 6 year old to be able to have sex with whom they please is quite disturbing. We are talking about children that lack the ability to read and write (some of them), multiply, and for some to tie their shoes.

Have you ever been around a 6 year old? Have you seen how indecisive they are? Have you seen how poor their choices are at times? (Hello... this is why it is called RAISING your children... to instill values in them)

What were you doing at 6? Imagine if your 30 year old neighbor wanted to have sex with you... would you have even been able to know what that is? Would you have even been able to have sex!?

Pressure is having the kid be freaked out for the rest of their lives because the societies they live in view them as a sexual commodity than rather the societys future.

You are a disgusting human being, and totally revolt me for posting such a dreadful comment. You have the right to your opinion, but people such as yourself have helped to shape this world into a much more dangerous world than it used to be.

As far as the age of adulthood, it really needs to be INCREASED for someone of your immaturity. However, from a logical stand point, let me offer you this:

I suppose it is alright for everyone then, (no age of adulthood) to be drafted? How about everyone be able to be handed the death penalty for a murder they commit? Or how about the ability for a child to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt? Or maybe the ability for the child to work 16 hour days...? Sound good?

I know... how about the ability for the child to decide they do not want to go to school, as they would rather be playing outside.

Or maybe it should be the right for the kid to buy a gun? How about the right to drive a car?
How about the right to drink as much booze as they want?
How about the right to smoke as much as they want?
How about the right to do whatever the heck they want?

They can make great decisions... there is nothing wrong with them skipping school to buy a gun, booze, and cigs on the credit card they got that they pay of the bills with the job they work so they can go home and have sex with the neighbor if they so wish...

Yup... sounds like happy times to me...
I really want me next door neighbor and his new wife to be a 6 year old. Yup... just gotta watch out for him when he is driving... he tends to ignore the fact that there are consequences for his actions.

You sir, are an idiot, plain and simple. Your thoughts, revolt me, and I do not say that very often. Be sure to let us all know what town you are in, or even state for that matter, as I want to know where NOT to visit with my children, for fear of their safety.

- Creathir

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