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Florida teen fighting criminal charges for same-sex relationship

Posted by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A Florida high school senior is facing two years of house arrest, probation and a lifetime as a registered sex offender for engaging in a lesbian relationship with another student.

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, a senior at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla., has been charged with two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 – 16 years of age” stemming from her sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, according to arrest records.


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Hunt was arrested on Feb. 16 after her girlfriend’s parents filed a complaint with local police.

“She had a mutual consenting relationship with her girlfriend who is three years younger, and her parents had her arrested,” according to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith.

“This is about two teenage high school girls who were dating, and both consenting,” Smith told LGBTQ Nation on Saturday. “They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay.”

Following the arrest, the Indian River School Board expelled Hunt based on the criminal charges, according to Smith, but said she would be able to participate in graduation and senior class events. She is completing her senior year at an alternative school, and has been ordered not to have contact with her former girlfriend.

Hunt faces the possibility of a 15-year prison sentence, but has been offered a plea deal by state attorney Brian Workman, according to Smith.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Hunt would be sentenced to two years house arrest, and allowed to attend school or work only during that time, one year of probation and attend sex offender counseling. It would be at a judge’s discretion whether Hunt would be required to register as a sex offender.

“We have until next Friday to either agree with an outrageous plea offer, or start trial,” said Smith.

If Hunt rejects the deal, she would face a jury trial in the predominantly conservative Indian River County, and if convicted, would face up to 15 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Under Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” Law, an “offender” can petition the court to remove the requirement to register as a sex offender if the “victim in the case” is between 14 and 17 years old, “a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender,” but historically the law has only been applied in cases between heterosexuals.

A petition at Change.org is calling on the state’s attorney’s office to drop the charges against Hunt.

Eta:
Since I've had to write it multiple times.

I did NOT create the title the journalist of this article wrote this title.
http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/05/florida-teen-fighting-criminal-charges-for-same-sex-relationship/
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2manydiapers
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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First I think his titles misleading, shes not being charged for being gay. Shes 18 and the others 15, if they were a straight couple there wouldn't even be an article.
LoveNaCupcake
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

And what's really sad is if she is charged she will forever be labled as a sex offender. Poor girl =(

Anonymous
by Anonymous on May. 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM
If ot were a boy and girl there would be no outcry here.
2manydiapers
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM
4 moms liked this
Anyone else remember the saying "15 will get you 20"?
Anonymous
by Anonymous on May. 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

So? She broke a law, doesn't matter if it's a straight or gay relationship. 

nina.burnham89
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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if the 18yr old were a man everyone would call him a rapist but because this case involves two girls people feel bad?! Plz

2manydiapers
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Thats my thought

Quoting Anonymous:

If ot were a boy and girl there would be no outcry here.
Beauty91805
by Platinum Member on May. 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM
That's crazy
2manydiapers
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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Good to know I'm not alone in this thought.

Quoting nina.burnham89:

if the 18yr old were a man everyone would call him a rapist
but because this case involves two girls people feel bad?! Plz

ToolArmy066
by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

So? She broke a law, doesn't matter if it's a straight or gay relationship. 

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