Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence Announces Sex Offender Task Force Members

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 06, 2005  
Contact Information:  Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 387
ryan.watts@ky.gov
 


 Panel to review Kentucky’s sex offender laws and recommend improvements

Frankfort, KY: Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence announced today the eleven members who will make up the Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults.

"We worked diligently to gather and organize a diverse and experienced group of experts for this coalition,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “Governor Fletcher and I believe this group has the ability to make our sexual assault laws stronger and our state safer.”

The coalition is charged with recommending ways to strengthen Kentucky’s sex offender laws and enhancing tracking and notification procedures in the state.

“By improving the system of tracking sex offenders, we will hopefully reduce the risk that these convicted criminals will strike again,” said Pence. “I want this coalition to ensure our communities are benefiting from the most advanced technology today.”

The first meeting of the Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. A location for the meeting will be announced prior to that date.

 

Coalition members include:

DAVE BAKER

Provides media perspective (journalist with WLAP radio, WKYT-TV). Dave is the father of four young children, and represents the general public on the commission.
 

BRIDGET BROWN

Commissioner of Department of Juvenile Justice that oversees incarceration and treatment of juvenile sexual offenders. Bridget is a former Louisville Metro Police Officer and worked in the crimes against children unit. 

JUDGE MARY COREY 

Retired District Court Judge in Jefferson County who presided over juvenile court, family court and domestic relation cases. 
 
HOLLY DUNN 

Holly has become an advocate for victims of sexual assaults since 1997 when she was brutally assaulted by Angel Maturino Rameriez (Rafael Resendez Rameriz) better know as the Railroad Killer. 

RAY LARSON  

Multiple winner of the Prosecutor of the Year Award, Ray has been the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fayette County since 1985. Ray has pioneered victim’s advocacy from the prosecutor’s office and has personally prosecuted several sexual assault cases in his 27 years in law enforcement. 
 

MARK MILLER 

Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police which oversees the Sexual Offender Registry throughout the Commonwealth. Mark has experience prosecuting sexual assault cases from his work in the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, where he worked before joining the U.S. Attorney’s as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 
  

EILEEN RECKTENWALD 
 
Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP)- which is a coalition of the 13 rape crises centers in Kentucky. 
 
JOHN REES 

Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, which houses sex offenders and runs the sex offender rehabilitation program. 
 
LINDA TALLY SMITH
 

President of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Association and Commonwealth Attorney for Boone and Gallatin Counties.  

VICKIE WISE  

Vickie is director of the Victim’s Advocacy Division in the Attorney General’s Office, and serves as chair of the statewide Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board.
 

KATHY WITT  

Fayette County Sheriff and has lead the state in proactive ways to determine the residency of sexual offender registrants. 
 

Statistics on Kentucky Sex Offenders:

  • Kentucky adopted Megan’s law in 1994. The law requires most adult sex offenders and some juvenile offenders to register with the Kentucky Sexual Offender Registry, even if their convictions are in other states.
  • 4,924 sex offenders are registered in Kentucky
  • 136 sex offenders are non-compliant
  • 2076 sex offenders are in the Corrections system today.
  • 52% of all women will be assaulted in their lifetime.
  • 1in 9 women in Kentucky have been or will be raped- that comes to 175,000 women in Kentucky right now.

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