Jessie's Ride

Crystal River-Hundreds of bikers filled a Crystal River parking lot as "Jessie's Ride" rumbled to an end. Full Story
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obey the law

Dunnellon, FL

#1 Feb 23, 2008
If Mark would have only been home! Mark insists that he is the biggest advocate for kids,he didn't do much for his own. He was out partying and stayed with his girl friend( away from home)instead of being home with his daughter.The door was not locked, Mark chose to party,stay with friend,is known for drug use, drinking and porn on his PC. With all of that combined, Couey had a perfect chance to strike and did. The way I see it, Mark is to blame here and not the SO. He can't live off of the Foundations donations so he wants to sue somebody.What a dirt bag! He needs to look in the mirror and point to one of the two guilty in this, Couey and himself.

I hope that the State charges him for the kiddy porn that was found on his pc.The SO let it slide, the state should grind him up! They can easily nail him for DUI leaving the bar on his bike.I have no use for drinking trailer trash!

HIS poor choices led up to her death.Now he needs to suck it up and move on.He did the very same things that Couey liked to do before she was killed.
Common Sense

Windermere, FL

#2 Feb 23, 2008
It seems this is more about mark and less about jesse. He must think money will change the fact that HE was not there the night jesse needed him the most.
nancy

Clearwater, FL

#3 Feb 23, 2008
You people don't get the picture. Mark's work as an advocate for kids has been great. His work will benefit millions of kids and should not be taken for granted that it was for HIM.

It is so horrible that you would say the things you have. He didn't leave her alone she was with two grandparents that loved her dearly. This is not a trailer trash family.

You should be ashamed of yourselves.
God Bless the Lunsford family.
scott

Tampa, FL

#4 Feb 23, 2008
obey the law wrote:
If Mark would have only been home! Mark insists that he is the biggest advocate for kids,he didn't do much for his own. He was out partying and stayed with his girl friend( away from home)instead of being home with his daughter.The door was not locked, Mark chose to party,stay with friend,is known for drug use, drinking and porn on his PC. With all of that combined, Couey had a perfect chance to strike and did. The way I see it, Mark is to blame here and not the SO. He can't live off of the Foundations donations so he wants to sue somebody.What a dirt bag! He needs to look in the mirror and point to one of the two guilty in this, Couey and himself.
I hope that the State charges him for the kiddy porn that was found on his pc.The SO let it slide, the state should grind him up! They can easily nail him for DUI leaving the bar on his bike.I have no use for drinking trailer trash!
HIS poor choices led up to her death.Now he needs to suck it up and move on.He did the very same things that Couey liked to do before she was killed.
If he had kiddie porn they would have charged him. You must be an idiot. Where did you hear that anyway?
Susan

Clanton, AL

#5 Feb 23, 2008
I noticed a guy named Tom Bassano will be running across the US and donating the funds to the Jessica Lunsford Foundation. This was once thought of as a worthy cause. Please note that many people are now very upset by recent events. Of the greatest concern is Mark Lunsford's VERY personal use of these funds, or at least how they are accounted for. Until either an audit or justifications of expenses along with Mr. Lunsford's other personal benefits and recent acquisition of various high dollar vehicles, tour buses/rvs, boats, etc. is explained there will be many people who will hesitate to donate. Email Mr. Basssano at -- runfortheinnocent@gmail.com and let him know that while many people across America may not understand that this is at issue, rest assured there is a large number of people who are personally committed to NOTIFYING other areas across America, the media, and agencies & sponsors supporting his efforts, of our serious concerns. Ask him to please rethink his position on giving the money to this particular Foundation and consider the possibly of donating to other organizations until this matter is put to rest. We support CHILDREN and the issues involved, but NOT Mark Lunsford's personal quest for bigger and better toys and expense accounts. Thank you. His email again is: runfortheinnocent@gmail.com
Susan

Clanton, AL

#6 Feb 23, 2008
nancy wrote:
You people don't get the picture. Mark's work as an advocate for kids has been great. His work will benefit millions of kids and should not be taken for granted that it was for HIM.
It is so horrible that you would say the things you have. He didn't leave her alone she was with two grandparents that loved her dearly. This is not a trailer trash family.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
God Bless the Lunsford family.
You need to undersand that Mr. Lunsford has a NEW Hummer, new boat, new tour bus/rv, several new motorcycles and many other benefits potentially from funds DONATED by others who don't have these things. Until this is cleared up... we should all be careful of donating to his precious daughters foundation. It's local knowledge this guy spends as much time on a barstool as he does in front of legislatures and FOX News, overlooked DUI's, assaults and a few other things....
Tom

Clanton, AL

#7 Feb 23, 2008
The media needs to look into this guys expenses associated with the Jessica Lunsford Foundation - he needs to explain these things if he wishes people to contribute. Also it wasn't rain that kept bikers away today at the fundraiser.... last year there was 4500 bikers, this year 200... many chose not to support someone who seemingly is financially gaining to his benefit andn ot the benefit of the causes the foundation was established for... many have known that this has been happening and now the lawsuit makes it even more obvious. Mark should be ashamed of himself.
AMy_mom of 8_ Homosassa

AOL

#8 Feb 23, 2008
First of all...Mark's parents are wonderful Godly people! They sang and spoke at our church shortly after the tragety. They also told us Jesse was saved rescently before her death.
Second of all, Mark did not leave her unattended. So the door wasnt locked. I have forgot to lock mine many of times.
None of our childrne are safe. If someone wants to accomplish a crime, it can usually be done. we cant and dont live in a world where we are protected from evrything. We do the best we can.
regardless of Mark's recreational habbits....he is still a father and has still lost a child.And who among us is perfect , with no past? No matter what the circumstances, anyone who loose a loved on will feel guilty. Its part of the natural greiving process.
He has done allot to raise awareness. I think he has done a great job!
I dont know about him spending the fund money. I havent looked at his records, personally. Has this been proven?
And last, I think it is wrong for him to sue the police. Dawsey is a kind man who did all he could. It was raining and scents had been washed away. They knoked on the door. It was hte relatives who lied and covered. What more do you want? hundereds of people searced for her. It was heart breaking. I think all that could have been done was. I hope he reconsitters. It wont change anything. Again, they are a family in pain. MAy God heal them!!!
until you have walked a mile in someone elses shoes........
Warren

Bradenton, FL

#10 Feb 23, 2008
In the above statement the following line is not referring to Lunsford. The article was over 4000 characters, so I tried to delete anything about Couey.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
MARY PORT RICHEY

United States

#11 Feb 23, 2008
AMy_mom of 8_ Homosassa wrote:
First of all...Mark's parents are wonderful Godly people! They sang and spoke at our church shortly after the tragety. They also told us Jesse was saved rescently before her death.
Second of all, Mark did not leave her unattended. So the door wasnt locked. I have forgot to lock mine many of times.
None of our childrne are safe. If someone wants to accomplish a crime, it can usually be done. we cant and dont live in a world where we are protected from evrything. We do the best we can.
regardless of Mark's recreational habbits....he is still a father and has still lost a child.And who among us is perfect , with no past? No matter what the circumstances, anyone who loose a loved on will feel guilty. Its part of the natural greiving process.
He has done allot to raise awareness. I think he has done a great job!
I dont know about him spending the fund money. I havent looked at his records, personally. Has this been proven?
And last, I think it is wrong for him to sue the police. Dawsey is a kind man who did all he could. It was raining and scents had been washed away. They knoked on the door. It was hte relatives who lied and covered. What more do you want? hundereds of people searced for her. It was heart breaking. I think all that could have been done was. I hope he reconsitters. It wont change anything. Again, they are a family in pain. MAy God heal them!!!
until you have walked a mile in someone elses shoes........
you are so right.... both of my daughters were raped in arkansas and the man only got 20 years and plead guilty to a lesser aharge and is up for parole yearly since 2001........all this weighs heavy on my heart and my heart goes out to this entire family, like you said no child is safe! and that is what the focus should be on .. if so many are worried about the funds then someone everyone needs to have this investigated..and no one should stop until we find the answers to all these funds being used this money should be for the cause and for the CAC
that is suppose to be built. if these laws get passed then this will help my children also because he wont be up for parole..until the 20 years then the parole board will see.. mark is doing a great job in that aspect, please reconsider when making donations this helps millions of children and they dont always have the voice that needs to be heard... and if the kawsuit is unjustified then the case will be closed! here is a poem i will leave you all with i wrote myself about my story because voices need to be heard!
"our story"
Will there come a day when our stories not told,
when our soul's feel peace,
and theres no more untold?
when we finally release,
all our pain deep inside,
And this load that we carry,
becomes somewhat light?
So that we can move on
And live life once again
As "SURVIORS" not victims
WE will WIN in the end!
For I believe telling our story
Will help someone else.
Stop the abuse so it stops
repeating it's self!
Another victim can come out and be heard!
For stories you will hear
will cause you pain.
And the abuse that is out
there will finally change
LETS END CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC ABUSE TODAY!
LISTEN OR TELL SOMEONE YOUR STORY
YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD!!!!
CC:MARY BARKER
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS.
MARK IS FEELING GUILTY INSIDE AND DOSENT KNOW
HOW ELSE TO HANDLE IT.. ITS A SHAME
MY HATS GO OFF TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO HELPED IN JESSIE'S SEARCH...YOU DID A FINE JOB.
UNFORTUNATLLY NOW A JUDGE WILL DECIDE
GOD BE WITH YOU ALL
PORT RICHEY FLORIDA
Me and You

United States

#12 Feb 24, 2008
Of course, when his 18 year old son was charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl last year, he changed his tune and called it Romeo and Juliet. I am glad he’s putting the blame on the incompetence of the Sheriff Office for having the wrong address listed with the FDLE instead of p[punishing and destroying previous sex offenders and their families. Maybe he should get some of the blame as well. People with children should keep their doors locked at night.
get real

Orlando, FL

#13 Feb 24, 2008
scott wrote:
<quoted text>If he had kiddie porn they would have charged him. You must be an idiot. Where did you hear that anyway?
The sheriff said that he had been though enough and decided not to pursue any charges.

here it is....Go to wikipedia.org and put in JESSICA LUNSFORD there you will find the following

Joshua Lunsford sexual offense case
Ironically, almost two years after Mark Lunsford's nationwide campaign to significantly increase the sentences and release conditions for sex offenses, Jessica Lunsford's older brother, Joshua Lunsford, was charged in Clark County District Court with "unlawful sexual conduct with a minor." The alleged incident involves a 14-year-old girl outside of the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, Ohio.[7][8][9] Joshua Lunsford was 18 at the time. Mark Lunsford has also been the subject of controversy himself. The Florida State Attorney's office has said that it found that Mark Lunsford's computer had been used for viewing child pornography. Lunsford has admitted to looking at adult pornography. No charges have been filed.
Warren

Bradenton, FL

#15 Feb 24, 2008
Feb 2007
Record turnout for 'Jessie's Ride'
Monday, February 26, 2007

An army of motorcycle riders 3,000 strong joined Mark Lunsford on Saturday in New Port Richey for the third annual Jessie's Memorial Ride.

Feb 2008

200 Ride In Jessie's Name

By DAVID SOMMER, The Tampa Tribune

Published: February 24, 2008

NEW PORT RICHEY - Despite stormy weather and looming litigation, about 200 motorcyclists took part Saturday in a motorcycle ride and fundraiser in memory of Jessica Marie "Jessie" Lunsford.

Something tells me Mark has lost a lot of support.

3000 riders in 2007
200 riders in 2008
Warren

Bradenton, FL

#16 Feb 24, 2008
get real wrote:
<quoted text>
The sheriff said that he had been though enough and decided not to pursue any charges.
here it is....Go to wikipedia.org and put in JESSICA LUNSFORD there you will find the following
Joshua Lunsford sexual offense case
Ironically, almost two years after Mark Lunsford's nationwide campaign to significantly increase the sentences and release conditions for sex offenses, Jessica Lunsford's older brother, Joshua Lunsford, was charged in Clark County District Court with "unlawful sexual conduct with a minor." The alleged incident involves a 14-year-old girl outside of the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, Ohio.[7][8][9] Joshua Lunsford was 18 at the time. Mark Lunsford has also been the subject of controversy himself. The Florida State Attorney's office has said that it found that Mark Lunsford's computer had been used for viewing child pornography. Lunsford has admitted to looking at adult pornography. No charges have been filed.
For more info on Joshua's case, go to Clark County Municipal Court.

Under criminal cases type in Joshua Lunsford.

While there, check criminal record for his other son, Gerald
If you check Joshua's sentence, you will see 10 days in jail and 1 year probation. If you check events, you will see he violated probation, but on Jan 15 he admitted to violation of probation,but no further sanctions were imposed.Even tho he molested a 14 year old child, he will not face being on the registry as many children not yet in their teens will face for rest of their lives.

Gerald has an extensive criminal record for someone his age.

Don't feel too harshly toward Joshua or Gerald. They had a great disadvantage going through life. Mark Lunsford is their biological father.

Also for anyone that praises Mark, save the praise for Ruth Lunsford. She's the one that truly deserves it.

http://www.clerkofcourts.municipal.co.clark.o...
MARY PORT RICHEY

United States

#17 Feb 24, 2008
WARREN,
YOU NEED TO READ TODAY'S PAPER THERE WERE
487 REGISTERED RIDERS... I READ THE PAPER..
AND THAT WAS THE TOTAL FOR 2008 NOT 200...
ISN'T THIS ABOUT JESSIE?
EASE UP... HE IS WRONG BUT THIS IS FOR THE CHILDREN REMEMBER THAT!
Open your eyes

Saint Petersburg, FL

#18 Feb 24, 2008
The name of the foundation should be changed to "The Mark Lunsford Retirement Fund".
Run for the Innocent

Sarasota, FL

#19 Feb 24, 2008
Susan wrote:
I noticed a guy named Tom Bassano will be running across the US and donating the funds to the Jessica Lunsford Foundation. This was once thought of as a worthy cause. Please note that many people are now very upset by recent events. Of the greatest concern is Mark Lunsford's VERY personal use of these funds, or at least how they are accounted for. Until either an audit or justifications of expenses along with Mr. Lunsford's other personal benefits and recent acquisition of various high dollar vehicles, tour buses/rvs, boats, etc. is explained there will be many people who will hesitate to donate. Email Mr. Basssano at -- runfortheinnocent@gmail.com and let him know that while many people across America may not understand that this is at issue, rest assured there is a large number of people who are personally committed to NOTIFYING other areas across America, the media, and agencies & sponsors supporting his efforts, of our serious concerns. Ask him to please rethink his position on giving the money to this particular Foundation and consider the possibly of donating to other organizations until this matter is put to rest. We support CHILDREN and the issues involved, but NOT Mark Lunsford's personal quest for bigger and better toys and expense accounts. Thank you. His email again is: runfortheinnocent@gmail.com
Hi Susan,
I know nothing of the Case with Mark, What I do know Is My Family is Sacrificing everything for this Run Money Time and my Health the money we raise is going to Child Advocacy Centers,Mark Has helped us by donating his time and recources to acomplish this the jml foundation is a regulated foundation with a board a 503(c) with out there help I could not collect across the country for such an important cause, I can not tell you how sad I feel right now to think that people may protest me as I have spent every last dime I have and set off to do something Good for Children, Please call the Sheriff or the citrus county child Advocacy Center to find out where the contributions for the funds will go. I need support for my saftey also. Please look into what I am doing before you atack me.
Thank You
Tom
Open your eyes

Saint Petersburg, FL

#20 Feb 24, 2008
"Financial Details

Financial documents filed by the Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation state that the primary focus of the nonprofit organization is to provide public awareness and education for the safety of children regarding sexual predators.

The documents show that between July 2006 and last June, the foundation collected about $150,000. The year before, the foundation collected about $100,000.

Lunsford, as foundation president, took an annual salary of $20,800 in the 2005-06 fiscal year and $54,800 last fiscal year. He still lists his home address as his parents' Homosassa mobile home.

Over the past two years, the foundation spent $38,000 on travel. Lunsford has spoken before legislative bodies in several states.

More than $12,000 has been spent on phone bills, and about $25,000 has been spent on office equipment and furniture. In June 2007, the foundation had nearly $79,000 in available cash."

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/23/me-sh...
Hernando

Windermere, FL

#21 Feb 24, 2008
$54,800 in SALARY???$38,000 for TRAVEL???? No wonder he is trying to keep his face in front of the cameras! That SICKENS me!
BOTH sides are to blame, however. Both the sheriff and lunsford are media hogs. Both are imcompetent. If lunsford had been a better, more attentive father, Jessica would be alive. Barring that, if the sherriff had done his job,(and not sent away a volunteer with a bloodhound the first day), Jessica would be alive.
This suit is about only two things, greed and media attention. I hope I am on that jury when the suit goes to court. I would find that the sheriff was negligent, and award lunsford ONE DOLLAR.
Joe land o lakes

Saint Petersburg, FL

#22 Feb 24, 2008
i think its a foolish move on Marks part what is he trying to accomplish?he has a good thing going with this foundation with the exception of the law suit and that salary of his.I know its not much .but i work my but off for that kind a money ,$54,800,nice raise from $20,000.for advice.Lets see they donate there time and some that do get payed make less then 10,000 now that is a charity .No woulder hes lost support
http://www.hopechildrenshome.org/

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