Social networking Web site MySpace found and purged more than 29,000 sexual predators using the site, a number described by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as an "exploding epidemic."
The figure is more than quadruple the amount MySpace said it found two months ago. In May, MySpace -- which allows users to create their own Web pages -- said it banned from its site about 7,000 people discovered to be sex offenders.
The information was divulged only after state attorneys general took legal action against the Fox-owned MySpace. "Our information demands reveal shocking new skyrocketing numbers of convicted sex offender profiles on MySpace," said Blumenthal on Tuesday. "Each of these 29,000 separate profiles reflects a potential predator willing and able to exploit a child. These alarming and appalling numbers dramatize the urgent need for stronger protection against predators who may prey on children."