VA, NY Float Ideas for New Sex Offender Controls


Officials in two states have proposed unusual plans to tighten oversight of convicted sex offenders: Virginia’s attorney general wants them to register their e-mail addresses and online IDs, and New York officials want them to take lie-detector tests, reports the Associated Press. In New York, the parolees’ answers to a computer-based polygraph test about their whereabouts could be used to justify electronic monitoring, prohibit Internet use or restrict travel, said a Division of Parole spokesman.

In Virginia, Attorney General Bob McDonnell said he would seek legislation to require convicted sex offenders there to register their online identities with the state to help MySpace and other online teenage hangouts more easily block access. Similar federal legislation also is planned. Some believe teens are at risk on MySpace and other social-networking sites, which provide tools for messaging and sharing photos.


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