California's sex offenders may have to list e-mail, websites

SACRAMENTO — Registered sex offenders in California would have to disclose their e-mail addresses, websites and instant messaging user names to police under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Sen. George Runner says offenders already must provide their physical addresses to local law enforcement, so it makes sense that they share their electronic addresses as well.

Runner, a Republican from Lancaster, says New York already has a similar law.

The use of social networking sites by sex offenders recently became an issue in the case of John Albert Gardner III, who pleaded guilty to murdering two San Diego County teenagers. He created a MySpace page in violation of his parole for an earlier molestation conviction.

Runner's bill, SB1204, passed Thursday on a 24-0 vote. It now goes to the Assembly.

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