Apr 16, 2014 fbook icon twitter icon rss icon

Sebastian Florida

article image

11Kaitlyn Hunt Refuses Plea Deal, Will Face Trial for Same-Sex Relationship with Teen

Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt has refused to take a plea deal after being charged with two felonies for a same-sex relationship that she had with a 15-year-old peer. Hunt has decided to risk her future at trial.

Hunt, 18, was arrested in February when her girlfriend’s parents reported her relationship with their minor daughter to police. Hunt was charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years old. A judge ruled she could still attend her Sebastian, Fla., high school with the other girl as long as she did not have contact with her. The girl’s parents then appealed to the school board and had Hunt expelled from Sebastian River High School just weeks before she would have graduated.

State Attorney Brian Workman offered Hunt a plea deal that included “two years house arrest and one year probation,” Hunt’s mother Kelley Hunt Smith said.

"Our client is a courageous teenager who is choosing not to accept the current plea offer by the state of Florida," said Hunt’s family attorney Julia Graves in a statement Friday.

Graves’ said:

"It's a situation of two teenagers who happen to be of the same sex involved in a relationship. If this case involved a boy and a girl, we don't believe there'd be the media attention to this case. Our client's a model citizen. She's been placed in an environment of school with her classmates where they go to school together, they have lunch together, and play on the same team (and are) allowed to have communication and contact without barriers. Then when something develops between the two of them as a result of this environment which is created by the state, it leads to criminal prosecution."

A Change.org petition to stop the prosecution of Hunt has more than 284,000 signatures.

The charges are serious enough to haunt Hunt the rest of her life.

"There are colleges that will not let felons do certain things, or child abuse charges, where you can't supervise field trips or your own children later, you can't participate in things," Graves said Wednesday. "These are things that will certainly affect her future if she takes this current plea offer."

Hunt’s girlfriend, who is still a minor, was 14-years-old when their relationship began last year. The girls met on the basketball team at their high school.

Hunt’s father, Steven R. Hunt, said his daughter was a good student who participated in cheerleading, chorus and basketball at her school. When she started dating the other girl on her team, her coach dropped her from the team over concerns it would cause “drama.”

The ACLU of Florida released a statement Tuesday admonishing the prosecution.

“The facts as we understand them suggest that the state is prosecuting Kaitlyn for engaging in behavior that is both fairly innocuous and extremely common,” said the ACLU statement. “Such behavior occurs every day in tens of thousands of high schools across the country, yet those other students are not facing felony convictions (and, in Florida, the lifetime consequences of a felony conviction) and potential lifelong branding as sex offenders.”

The family believes the minor would not have pressed charges herself and that her parents are to blame over the ordeal.

“They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay,” Hunt Smith said. “They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100 percent differently. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality – with mutual consent. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares? She is still their daughter.”

Sources: Huffington Post, WPBF.com


Hot Gallery of the Day

20 People Who Are Having a Rough Day

article image

11Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Arrested, Expelled Over Same-Sex Relationship

A Florida high school student was expelled and arrested after she continued to carry on a same-sex relationship with a minor student after she turned 18.

Kaitlyn Hunt was arrested in February at the behest of her 15-year-old girlfriend’s parents and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years old.

A judge ruled that Hunt could still go to her Sebastian, Fla., school if she did not have contact with the 15-year-old. Unhappy with that decision, the girlfriend’s parents also made an appeal to the school board, and Hunt was then expelled from Sebastian River High School just weeks before her graduation.

Her mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, claims State Attorney Brian Workman offered her daughter a plea deal that she has until Friday to accept or face trial. The plea deal includes “two years house arrest and one year probation.”

Her father, Steven R. Hunt, said the school disapproved of the relationship from the beginning. Hunt reportedly had good grades and participated in cheerleading, chorus and basketball. She was voted “most school spirited.” But when she began dating another girl from the basketball team, her coach dropped her citing that the relationship would cause “drama.”

Hunt’s family started a petition on Change.org asking people to “Stop the prosecution of 18 year old girl in a same-sex relationship” and calling it a “cruel waste of our taxes.” The petition, addressed to the Indian River County State Attorney’s Office, has more than 28,500 signatures so far.

“They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay,” Hunt Smith said. “They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100 percent differently. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality – with mutual consent. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares? She is still their daughter.”

Hunt’s little sister, who also goes to the school, has seen crude and ugly comments like “rapist,” “child abuser,” and “criminal” written about her sister on bathroom walls.

Not only would Hunt miss graduating if she took the plea deal, she would have a felony permanently tarnishing her recond.

Sources: Inquistr, Examiner


Hot Gallery of the Day

20 People Who Are Having a Rough Day

Syndicate content