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Prosecutors Watching Sex Offenders Online Use

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2010

When a convicted sex offender registers to use social networking sites like Facebook or Myspace, police need to be the first to know.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne says his office is prosecuting its first ever cases where sex offenders were arrested for not registering their internet communication information.  This is anything from email addresses to whether or not they use Facebook or Myspace.  Sex offenders have to give this information to police along with where they live or work and an updated photograph.

Towne says most police departments have officers trained specifically to monitor sex offenders.  If sex offenders fail to give police information about their online habits, they’ll face a Class 4 felony.

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