When a sex offender gets on the World Wide Web, police say they can talk to anyone, young or old. They can pretend they're someone they're not, and police say many times young children are the victims.
“You have virtual anonymity when a child predator is on the internet,” says Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, sponsor of Senate Bill 65.
Kentucky sex offenders are required to register their addresses so that anyone can see where they live. But there's no way to tell how they're using the internet. And when it comes to community web sites like MySpace, there's no way for parents to screen who's good and who's bad.
“One of the rules with MySpace is that he'll only be allowed to chat with people he actually knows,” says parent Jodi Blair who supports the bill.
But there's no way of really knowing who is behind user names. Senator Ray Jones’ bill could change that. The bill would require sex offenders to register their user names, passwords, and other internet identifications.
“Kids have access to the internet at school, at home, when they go to a friend's house; coffee shops even have computers for people to use,” says Jones.
If sex offenders don't tell police how they're using computers, they could go to jail and be slapped with a felony.