Connecticut yesterday made what might be the first arrest in the U.S. of a convicted sex offender accused of violating parole by creating profiles on the popular social networking site, MySpace.com, says the Hartford Courant. Christopher Montefusco 30, was taken into custody by state Department of Correction officials. He was one of what is believed to be more than 200 sex offenders in Connecticut using MySpace. He had registered two different profiles of himself on the site, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said.
Last week, MySpace provided law enforcement officials nationwide with the names of more than 5,000 individuals it had identified as being sex offenders who had created profiles on its network. Montefusco served 2 1/2 years in prison on a sexual assault charge and was under intensive parole supervision. A condition of Montefusco’s parole was that he not use a computer, the Internet or access social networking sites such as MySpace without first obtaining permission from his parole officer. Said Blumenthal: “Clearly, offenders like this are just the most visible tip of the predator iceberg.” Blumenthal is asking the state legislature to approve a bill this year that would require sites like MySpace to verify users’ ages and require minors to get parental permission before they could post profiles.