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  • Tracy Rodriguez of Houston, Texas, is not a trained private investigator or police officer. But with a gentle tap on her iPhone screen, the mother of three can access information revealing the sex offenders who live within a 10-mile radius of where her children practice sports or watch movies.
    Tracy Rodriguez, who is holding the iPhone, uses the device to locate sex offenders.

    Tracy Rodriguez, who is holding the iPhone, uses the device to locate sex offenders.
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    The information, provided by an iPhone app called Offender Locator, helps Rodriguez make more informed choices, she says. When the app pops open on her phone, there is an eerie sketch of a man's face. Then, the app asks for an address.

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