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Mon., May 21, 2007, 1:23 p.m.

MySpace to turn over Idaho sex offender names

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says MySpace has agreed to turn over the names and other information of convicted sex offenders from Idaho who’ve registered as users on the popular social networking Internet site. “I believe it is critical to receive this information to assess any threats by sexual predators to Idaho’s children,” Wasden said. “Once my office receives this information, and we have an opportunity to examine it, we may determine that it would be appropriately referred to law enforcement.”

Wasden and attorneys general from seven other states sent a letter to MySpace last week demanding that the company turn over information about sex offenders. Today, Wasden said MySpace has confirmed that Sentinel Tech Holdings has already identified thousands of registered sex offenders as members of its website. MySpace has deleted these users from its site, he said, but has preserved information about them and will provide it to the attorneys general. He commended the company for “taking this important safety step.”

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