Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/09/2010 07:03:23 AM PDT

The Board of Supervisors is poised to sign a letter of support for legislation that would require registered sex offenders to provide law enforcement all of their online addresses, e-mail addresses and instant messaging user names.

On Tuesday, the board will vote on whether or not to ratify an action to support Senate Bill 1204, introduced in February and authored by Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley.

Runner calls his legislation another tool for law enforcement in monitoring some of society’s most dangerous sex offenders, who would face up to six months in jail if not in compliance with the new registration requirements if passed.

“We know where they live and now we will know what web pages, instant messaging names and e-mail addresses they control,” Runner said in an April 20 news release. “The Internet has become a virtual playground to predators. It makes sense to force convicted sex offenders to share their online addresses with law enforcement.”

A report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project concluded that 73 percent of online teens and 72 percent of young adults utilize social networking sites, where between 500,000 and 750,000 sex offenders troll on a daily basis, according to a county staff report.

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