Status update: New social media rules for Texas sex offenders?

SA lawmaker Trey Martinez behind new Texas House bill

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:00:38 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 05:52:44 AM CST
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SAN ANTONIO -

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is behind House Bill 23 which would require convicted sex offenders to reveal their criminal history and personal information on social media sites.

The bill would require them to identify themselves as offenders on their profiles, list the type of crime they committed, where they were convicted or placed on probation, their current address, birth date and physical description of themselves.

HB 23 requires the information be able to be seen by all visitors of the site.

Some KSAT 12 viewers sounded off about the proposal on Facebook.

Amanda Freeman says she supports the bill but questions “how will it stop them from creating fake pages? That would have to be decided.”

Brandy Parrott agrees with the proposal except for requiring sex offenders to list their address “because there are plenty of people in the world who may hunt them down, literally.”

Ingrid Fallin does not support the bill because, she writes,“not all registered sex offenders are a threat to society.”

Meanwhile, some San Antonians we interviewed around town think the bill is well intentioned, but wonder how effective it would be.

“There's teenagers who are like 'oh, I’ve been 18 since I was 11.' There’s a billion ways around it and it wouldn’t really help,” said Desiree Martinez.

Others think the bill might threaten the safety of the offenders.

“I think they would really, really be at risk,” said Mario Anthony. “I think we should keep better tabs on offenders, but that’s more for law enforcement to do.”

Facebook does not allow sex offenders to be a user on its site.

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