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Florida teen fighting criminal charges for same-sex relationship

Posted by on May. 18, 2013 at 3:59 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 4:00 PM
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Its nothing to do with gay or straight, its an adult and minor. If it was a straight relationship there would be zero outcry
godsgirl26
by on May. 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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Shouldn't have been dating a minor period.
SuperChicken
by on May. 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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She isn't being charged because it's same sex.   She's being charged because her girlfriend is underage.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on May. 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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Quoting SuperChicken:

She isn't being charged because it's same sex.   She's being charged because her girlfriend is underage.

18 and 15 fall under the close age exemption in florida.

had the 18 yr been 24 or older, then it would be considered a felony

However, age of consent in florida is 18, but the exemption is still there (for the felony.)

I am seeing it as it was a same sex thing and the 15 yr olds parents did like it. I highly doubt they would have had an issue if the 18 yr old had been male

SuperChicken
by on May. 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

 


Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting SuperChicken:

She isn't being charged because it's same sex.   She's being charged because her girlfriend is underage.

18 and 15 fall under the close age exemption in florida.

had the 18 yr been 24 or older, then it would be considered a felony

However, age of consent in florida is 18, but the exemption is still there (for the felony.)

I am seeing it as it was a same sex thing and the 15 yr olds parents did like it. I highly doubt they would have had an issue if the 18 yr old had been male

They might have, plenty of parents have.  But  that doesn't matter.   If the younger girl wasn't 15, they parents wouldn't have a case.  The law doesn't care that it's same sex. 

 

fireangel5
by Gold Member on May. 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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This is not a "gay' thing. It works both ways. If an 18 year old male was having sex with a 15 y/o female, the same thing would happen if the parents pressed charges. AND it has happened, many many many times. Many men are walking around with the sex offender label due to this very thing. 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on May. 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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 Oh wait...you mean a legal adult and a legal child were engaging in sexual activities ?  This person just got caught and many do not.

Yes, that's a crime.  Title, ridiculously misleading, as most are. 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on May. 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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 Exactly.  The title should read, "Florida adult fighting criminal charges for sexual relationship with a 15 year old".

Quoting SuperChicken:

 

 

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting SuperChicken:

She isn't being charged because it's same sex.   She's being charged because her girlfriend is underage.

18 and 15 fall under the close age exemption in florida.

had the 18 yr been 24 or older, then it would be considered a felony

However, age of consent in florida is 18, but the exemption is still there (for the felony.)

I am seeing it as it was a same sex thing and the 15 yr olds parents did like it. I highly doubt they would have had an issue if the 18 yr old had been male

They might have, plenty of parents have.  But  that doesn't matter.   If the younger girl wasn't 15, they parents wouldn't have a case.  The law doesn't care that it's same sex. 

 

 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on May. 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

 The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.

Girl is still too young.

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting SuperChicken:

She isn't being charged because it's same sex.   She's being charged because her girlfriend is underage.

18 and 15 fall under the close age exemption in florida.

had the 18 yr been 24 or older, then it would be considered a felony

However, age of consent in florida is 18, but the exemption is still there (for the felony.)

I am seeing it as it was a same sex thing and the 15 yr olds parents did like it. I highly doubt they would have had an issue if the 18 yr old had been male

 

Bonita131
by Bronze Member on May. 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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America is fucked. Florida is fucked for even having a romeo and juliet law. If this was boy girl, instead of girl girl, the only thing that would fly is the shit mom and dad dealt out for dating & having sex with an older boy. I wonder if any of these brainless idiots think about their great grandparents, and in some cases grandparents, when it was the norm to date and get married in your early teens? Now, what once was normal, is perverted.   The good old USA. Instead of going forward, it's rapidly going backwards.

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