Illinois Sex Offenders Banned From Facebook

On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed new laws designed to limit sex offenders' use of technology as a way to find more victims. Taking effect Jan. 1, the most high profile of the laws is one that makes it a felony for registered sex offenders to use social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. This move aimed at shutting down one more avenue of contact between offender and possible victim.

Quinn also signed into law a new offense known as grooming, when a predator coaxes a minor into meeting for sexual activities over an extended period of time. The law, whose sponsors include Representative Jack Franks, is aimed at closing a loophole in the current sex registration law, he said. It takes effect immediately. Courtesy of

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