(Reuters) – Facebook has begun closing the accounts of California prison inmates after a convicted child molester viewed the pages of his victim from behind bars.

Facebook has shut down the accounts of at least two prisoners and the California Corrections officials are working on identifying other accounts that had been accessed from behind bars.

Most prisoners in California do not have access to the Internet but often log onto the Internet on contraband cell phones. California has seen the number of contraband cell phones taken from inmates jump from 261 in 2006 to 10,760 last year, which shows the problem is increasing.

California corrections officials, who formally announced the partnership with Facebook Monday, said they have received hundreds of complaints from victims who were contacted by prison inmates behind bars. The inmates include the convicted child molester, who prison officials said viewed the Facebook and MySpace pages of his victim, then mailed her family some drawings of the girl, officials said.

For more information see: Facebook to close U.S. prison inmate accounts

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