Coalition Motorcycle Tour
Mark Lunsford meeting with Sheriff Witt
On August 22, 2005, Sheriff Kathy Witt, along with Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, guided a group of more
than 50 law enforcement motorcyclists on a stage 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
Motorcycle patrol officers prepare to depart
The motorcycle tour kicked off with a ceremony at the state capitol in which Sheriff Witt encouraged
the enactment of notification laws that tell communities when predators are coming to live in
their neighborhoods. "Citizens of the Commonwealth have said that they want to know who living among
them may be the most dangerous. Maureen Kanka said it in the mid-90's when her precious daughter,
Megan was killed by a sexual predator living across the street from her. Megan and her family and neighbors had
no idea that this predator lived among them, nor that he was living with two other
convicted pedophiles. Local law enforcement knew but weren't allowed to share the information
because of restrictions in laws at the time. And so this predator, living anonymously in the neighborhood,
was able to lure Megan into his home on the promise of showing her his new puppy. Her lifeless body was
later found in a garbage bag in a nearby park. Her parents have since been on a crusade across the
country encouraging states to adopt notification laws."
Sheriff Witt and Lieutenant Governor Pence were accompanied by Mark Lunsford, father of Jessica Lunsford
who, in February of this year, was abducted from her bedroom by a repeat sex 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 sex offenders who prey on children.
Sheriff Witt speaks at the Capitol in Frankfort
"No child should have her life cut short by violence the way Jessica did," stated Lieutenant Governor Pence.
Sheriff Witt went further, by saying that the Commonwealth needs our version of the Jessica Lunsford Act, a
law that will put sexual predators behind bars for a minimum of 25 years to life. A law that will give this
Commonwealth an all-felon DNA statute, mandating the collection of DNA from all convicted felons. A law that
will hold those persons accountable who still choose to harbor sexual predators.
The motorcycle tour proceeded from the state capitol in Frankfort to a rally in Florence, Kentucky. Following
that stop, the motorcyclists rode to Louisville's Waterfront Park for another press conference, where the tour