Attorney General: Attorney General, Seven Other States Ask Myspace For Names Of Sex Offenders With MySpace Profiles

Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Press Release

Attorney General, Seven Other States Ask Myspace For Names Of Sex Offenders With MySpace Profiles

May 14, 2007

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and seven other attorneys general wrote MySpace today saying they have received information that thousands of convicted sex offenders have profiles on the site and asking for their names and other information.

Blumenthal and the attorneys general noted MySpace announced in December 2006 that it had hired Sentinel Tech Holdings to check the site for registered sex offenders. Blumenthal said information received by his office indicates the search disclosed thousands of offenders with MySpace profiles.

The letter asks MySpace to provide the offenders' names and where they live, as well as the total of number of convicted sex criminals identified. It also asks whether sex offender profiles have been removed; if so, how many, and what steps MySpace has taken to alert law enforcement and users who communicated with the offenders.

"Convicted sex offenders have no place on MySpace," Blumenthal said. "Mixing sex offenders with children on MySpace is a recipe for tragedy - begging for facts and explanation from MySpace itself. What can MySpace executives be thinking? There should be an urgent alert to anyone in contact with these sex offenders. We're demanding that MySpace tell us the number of convicted sex offenders, their names and where they live. This mounting graphic evidence shows the need for age verification, parental permission and a higher minimum threshold at 16, as we have repeatedly requested. MySpace is more than a place for friends to meet. It's a playground for predators seeking to prey children."

The letter asks MySpace to provide the information by Tuesday, May 29.

Joining Blumenthal in the letter were the attorneys general of Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and New Hampshire. The states are members of the executive committee for the group of all 50 states pressing MySpace to make the site safer for children. Blumenthal and North Carolina are the leaders of the group.

Full version of letter  (PDF-48KB)