Monday, June 18, 2012 6:16 PM EST Updated: June 19, 2012 03:24 AM CDT
Registered sex offenders in Louisiana now have to share their sex offender status on social website like Facebook.
"The author of the bill is Representative Jeff Thompson from Bossier City.
He says it's designed to create more accountability for the people who come into your home through your computer.
This law is the latest attempt by legislators to crack down on child sex predators online. But prosecutors say it's purpose is not to prevent those sex crimes, but to prosecute those who commit them and fail to register.
"This is one of those deals that requires a person to say their a sex offender on Facebook, so what can we do if they don't? Same thing we do if they don't have their sex offender id car, we arrest them and prosecute them for it," said Caddo Assistant DA, Hugo Holland.
Holland says Thompson consulted with the DA's Office while crafting the bill, and the DA's Office through offered support.
A law that prohibited sex offenders from using social websites completely was recently struck down by the courts and deemed unconstitutional. Thompson believes his legislation can easily stand up to constitutional scrutiny because it's only requiring those who already register to share that information on social websites."
New La. law: Sex offenders must list status on Facebook, other social media
New Louisiana law requires sex offenders to disclose their crimes on social networks
New La. Law: Sex Offenders Must List Status On Facebook, Other Social Media
So Which Social Networking Sites Can Sex Offenders Actually Use?
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Published: June 25
Federal judge bans sex offenders from social networking
"INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge has upheld an Indiana law banning registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social-networking sites used by children.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said in an 18-page order Friday that the state has a strong interest in protecting children and that the rest of the Internet remains open to those who have been convicted.
“Social networking, chat rooms, and instant messaging programs have effectively created a ‘virtual playground’ for sexual predators to lurk,” [sic] Pratt wrote in the ruling, citing a 2006 report by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that found that one in seven youths had received online sexual solicitations and that one in three had been exposed to unwanted sexual material online [from who, exactly?]"
States look to keep sex offenders off Facebook