RALEIGH, N.C. -- A state law banning sex offenders from using social networking sites remains in effect.
The North Carolina Supreme Court granted a stay requested by Attorney General Roy Cooper. The attorney general's office said it will file a petition within the next few weeks to present the case before the justices.
On Tuesday, August 20, a North Carolina appeals court panel said the law is unconstitutional because it is vague and violates free speech. They overturned the conviction of a Durham County man on the sex offender list. Authorities said he had created a Facebook profile page.
Cooper is an advocate for the 2008 law that banned convicted sex offenders from the social networking sites. He said in a statement, "Instead of lurking around playgrounds, today's child predators go online where they can groom multiple victims at once."
Parents can find resources for safer social networking on the Department of Justice's website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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