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June 18, 2009

Attorney General Koster says 373 sex offenders pulled from MySpace

--AG forwards to Highway Patrol to check for parole violations--

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today forwarded to the Highway Patrol the names of 373 Missourians who have been removed from MySpace because their profiles appear to match those of registered sex offenders. The Attorney General is asking the Patrol to review the information to determine if any of the individuals are violating parole by using a computer or attempting to contact minors.

Koster noted MySpace entered into an historic agreement with the states' Attorneys General in January 2008 to increase protections for young children and teenagers from online predators. As a result of the agreement, MySpace instituted a policy of deleting the profile of any user it identifies as a sex offender.

"We must protect our children from sex offenders, whether children are playing in a playground or on a computer," Koster said. "I applaud the nation's Attorneys General's agreement with MySpace.

"As Missouri's Attorney General I will continue to aggressively pursue any avenue sex offenders use to threaten the safety of our children."

Koster also again applauded the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday that all sex offenders must register on the Sex Offender Registry, no matter when the crime was committed.

"In Missouri we are committed to providing our parents and communities with information they need to protect their children," Koster said. "I will continue to fight aggressively to ensure sex offenders cannot hide in our state."


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