GASTONIA - North Carolina tonight has one of the toughest, if not the toughest law on the books to deal with child sexual predators.
- Again, these laws are for all sex offenders and all sex offenders are not child sexual predators.
Gov. Mike Easley (Contact) signed the new law named for little Jessica Lunsford in Gastonia. Jessica Lunsford was born and went to school in Gaston County until her family moved to Florida, where she was raped and murdered by a known sexual offender named John Couey in March of 2005.
- And you will notice they said "known sexual offender" and the registry and laws still did not protect Jessica. John Couey begged and begged and begged for treatment and never got it, if he would have, Jessica would still be here today. But, nobody wants to admit they made a mistake, and this Governor is just jumping on the bandwagon to exploit sex offenders for personal gain, votes, etc. Mandatory sentences is not going to solve anything, except overflow the already overflowing prison system, watch and see!
The new law sets a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison for convicted child sex offenders.
Mark Lunsford, Jessica’s father, attended the packed bill-signing at the Gastonia City Hall.
This is when the tables turn. Instead of them stalking us, our children, we stalk them," Lunsford said.
- Shut the hell up Mark! You were out of the house at some skanks house that night instead of taking care of Jessica like a REAL father would do. I wish someone one look into the child porn you had on your machine, and put you in prison where you belong, and also put Joshua in prison as well for fondling a young girl. By the way, stalking is a crime! So now, instead of someone taking a plea deal, they will fight it out in court, and the children will be made to get up and take the stand, or, the offender may decide to kill the child, since they will be going to prison for 25 years anyway. You are so blinded by your HATE, you cannot see the facts.
Many people in Gaston County held vigils and passed out fliers when Jessica vanished. Mark Lunsford, who now lives in Florida, told WCNC reporter Rad Berky that Gaston County would always feel like home to him. Lunsford’s sister Susan said when things happen, the city always comes together.
“This is the reason why I live here,” she told Berky.
Easley said the most important aspect of the new law is the requirement that convicted predators would now have to wear tracking devices.
“It is important that we know where they are,” said the governor.
- Even if you know where they are, it will not prevent another child from being killed or harmed. You are a total idiot if you truly believe that will deter someone who is intent on harming a child. GPS cost a ton of money for monitoring, etc. More tax payer dollars down the drain.
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