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Proposed legislation would force registered sex offenders off line

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Georgia sex offenders could soon be banned from online social networking web sites.

A bill introduced in the General Assembly would allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to send sex offenders' information to sites such as Facebook and MySpace and would ban them from creating profiles or taking part in any activity on the sites.

Child advocates say the legislation is needed.  The Firefly House Director Amy Boney said  "At this point in time, predators are able to go to Facebook, MySpace, meet children. It is just as if they were walking into that child's bedroom to have a conversation with them."

A similar sex offender law is already in effect in New York.

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