There is dark side of Mark Lunsford, which has been kept from the view of most of the public and for good reason. The laws that he is fighting so aggressively for are paradoxically, against people convicted of crimes for which he himself may be guilty. It has been said that “He who yells the loudest, usually has the most to hide”. Mark Lunsford’s past history clearly reflects this euphemism.
According to CNN transcripts and The Citrus County Chronicle, Mr. Lunsford wasn’t as great a parent as he would have us believe and could very likely be on the sex offender registry himself as a repeat offender. Since the enactment of the Adam Walsh Act removes the statute of limitations for sex crimes he may very well end up as a registered sex offender before all is said and done.
Angela Bryant, mother of Jessica Lunsford has publicly stated that she and Mr. Lunsford began “dating” when she was 16 years old. Mr. Lunsford was 26 years old at the time, and had already been married and divorced once and had three children of his own. The legal age of consent is 18 in most states. Depending upon which State(s) the "dating" occurred this activity could have brought charges of statutory rape and/or sexual abuse as it has for so many others throughout the country. The Law Firm claiming to represent Mr. Lunsford has kindly informed me that the "dating" occurred in Ohio and North Carolina where the legal age of consent is 16. No mention of the states in between, or of that of Florida, where the legal age of consent is 18.
Ms. Bryant also claims that Mr. Lunsford was very abusive towards her and that is what led to their divorcing a few years later when little Jessica was just one year old. Additionally charges were filed against Mr. Lunsford in North Carolina for assaulting an ex-girlfriend, but the charges were dismissed when the victim failed to appear in court.
I know what you’re thinking, this is different, right? I mean this poor man’s child was murdered…Keep reading.
Ms. Bryant also tearfully claimed that Mr. Lunsford did everything he could to keep little Jessica from her. A very unfortunate and, all too common consequence of divorce is that one parent uses the child as a “pawn” in order to get back at the ex-spouse. Apparently this was the case and it was little Jessica who paid the price. She spent the last 8 years of her 9 year life without a Mom. *Mr. Lunsford's law firm admantly denies all of this and is insisting that I include Mr. Lunsfords rebuttal (ie. denial that the information is accurate). Readers must make their own decision on who is telling the truth.
The strangest and most hypocritical twist of all however, is what investigators found on Mr. Lunsford’s home computer during the investigation of his daughter’s murder. According to the Citrus County Chronicle a handful of Child Pornography images were found. But since they were not downloaded or saved but simply viewed, Mr. Lunsford's lawfirm denies these allegations as well and was even kind enough to send us documentation which miraculously obsolves Mr. Lunsford completely. Because the images were not saved, technically, there was no child pornography posession. Hmmm. Look but don't save it?
Along with the child pornography images that "someone" looked at, was a list of almost 50 “sexually orientated” websites that Mr. Lunsford had visited on the morning before little Jessica disappeared.
Mr. Lunsford of course tried to deny these claims, but investigators have publicly confirmed the information as accurate.