Seven convicted sex offenders have been arrested after their profiles were found on the My Space.com social networking Web site in violation of their parole or probation, reports the Houston Chronicle. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott could not say whether any of the men had actually approached children on the Internet. Some suspects’ computers were seized for further scrutiny.
The development comes less than a month after MySpace agreed to supply attorneys general nationwide with the names of sex offenders who had profiles on its Web site. It also agreed to provide those users’ Internet protocol addresses, e-mail addresses, and personal profile information. The Web site teamed up with Miami-based Sentinel Tech to build a database of registered sex offenders known as Sentinel Safe, compiled from state records, to determine which customers had criminal histories.