Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence leads motorcycle tour to promote strengthening Kentucky sex offender laws

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
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Mark Lunsford of Florida joins Lieutenant Governor Pence to raise awareness

Mark Lunsford calls on Kentucky to strengthen sexual offender lawsFRANKFORT, Ky.:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence guided a group of more than 50 motorcyclists on a state tour to promote more stringent sex offender laws in Kentucky.

This is an issue that affects every family in the commonwealth.  We must send a clear message that sex offenders are not welcome and will be dealt with harshly in Kentucky,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “We need to consider lifetime supervision, mandatory minimum sentencing, and elimination of parole for many sex offenders.” 

The motorcycle tour kicked off with a ceremony at the state capitol.  The lieutenant governor also presented Mark Lunsford with a Kentucky Colonel Lt. Governor Pence leads the processionat the final stop in Louisville.

“I am honored to take part in this important promotional tour,” said Mr. Lunsford.  “My goal is to help other states raise awareness so no other child has to face what my daughter Jessica endured.  I commend Lieutenant Governor Pence for taking the lead in Kentucky.”

In February 2005, nine-year old Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her bedroom by a repeat sexual offender.  Her body was found nearly three weeks later less than 150 yards from her home.  The case prompted Florida legislators to enact a bill that requires life sentences or lifetime monitoring for sexual offenders who prey on children.

“No child should have her life cut short by violence the way Jessica did.  I commend Mark Lunsford for having the courage to help other states raise awareness about the dire need to strengthen legislation that will protect our children,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.

The motorcycle tour proceeded from the state capitol in Frankfort to a rally in Florence, Kentucky.  Following that stop, the motorcyclists rode to Louisville Waterfront Park for another press conference, where the tour concluded.