Mark Lunsford, the girl's father, has lobbied hard for harsher penalties for sex crimes involving kids. Now, his 18-year-old son -- Jessica's half-brother -- is accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl in Ohio.
The Tampa Tribune reports:
The incident stems from a complaint filed by the mother of Joshua Lunsford's young girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty.
The mother says in a police report that Joshua Lunsford fondled the girl at a skating rink and outside a shopping mall on March 30 and 31 while the two were kissing.
Although the mother says the girl was a willing participant, Ohio law prohibits anyone 18 or older from having sexual contact with anyone younger than 16. Lunsford turned 18 in February.
If Lunsford were less than four years older than the girl, he only could be prosecuted on a misdemeanor charge. Because he is four years and one month older, he faces a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1 1/2 years in prison. ...
Mark Lunsford said it has not been proved that his son has done anything wrong. Even what has been alleged, he said, cannot be compared with the crimes of the pedophiles he has helped put in prison through his work with the Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation.
"We're talking about Romeo and Juliet here, not some 36-year-old pervert following around a 10-year-old," Lunsford said.