50 Arkansas sex offenders using MySpace site, state's AG says

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said today it has received a list of about 50 registered sex offenders who had been subscribers to the popular social networking site MySpace.

McDaniel spokesman Gabe Holmstrom says the Web site has provided the list of the sex offenders living in Arkansas who have used MySpace and assured state officials that it had kicked the offenders off the site. Holmstrom said he was prohibited by federal law from releasing the list to the public.

MySpace in May said it would begin providing data on registered sex offenders after several attorneys general demanded data on the offenders using the site.

MySpace, owned by media conglomerate News Corporation, obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corporation. MySpace's attorney said in May that the Web site had already used the database to remove about 7,000 profiles out of a total of about 180 million.

Holmstrom says a multistate group is working with MySpace to prevent future access by offenders.

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