More than 2,100 registered North Carolina sex offenders were found on the social networking site MySpace, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.
In response to a subpoena from state Attorney General Roy Cooper, "MySpace turned over the names, IP and e-mail addresses of 2,116 convicted North Carolina sex offenders found on its social networking Web site," Cooper's office said in a written statement.
Cooper has requested similar information from Facebook, another popular social networking site, the statement said.
MySpace has told North Carolina authorities that the sex offenders it identified have been removed from the site.
North Carolina passed a law last year banning sex offenders within the state from social networking sites where children are members, making it a felony offense.
My first reaction is: OMG? There are that many sex offenders in North Carolina?
I mean, 2,100 is a high number – especially since it represents only those who are on MySpace.
But I went to the NC Sex Offender Registry, and found out that 27 registered sex offenders live within 5 miles of my house.