Gay Florida Teen Charged with Felony Over Girlfriend Accepts Plea Deal in Controversial Case


In February, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery for entering into a consenual relationship with a fellow classmate who was 14.  

Although a judge ruled that Hunt could stay in school as long as she didn't contact the other girl, the 14-year-old's family pressured the school board and succeeded in having Hunt expelled.  As we reported at the time, Hunt's parents told The Examiner that the family of their daughter's girlfriend had targeted Hunt because they never approved of their daughter dating another girl:

"They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she 'made' their daughter gay. They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100% 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."

This August, Hunt was arrested again, after prosecuters withdrew a plea deal that would have allowed her to stay out of jail, alleging that Hunt had been in communication with her mother, who had encouraged her to delete texts that could be used against her.

Today, however, CNN reports that Hunt pleaded no contest to the charges as part of a deal between her lawyers and prosecutors:

Hunt pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor contributing to the dependency of a child and two counts of felony interference with child custody.

Hunt has been in jail since August 20 for violating a court order not to contact the alleged victim.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hunt will be sentenced to four months in jail, to be followed by two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring, and nine months of monitored probation after that, according to prosecutor Brian Workman.

If she has no violations, she will not be a convicted felon under Florida law, and she will have the possibility of sealing her file and having the case expunged after 10 years, he said.

Hunt has been in jail since August 20.


  1. Michael says

    Stacey Rambold, 54, gets 30 days for raping his 14 year old student, but Kaitlyn gets 4 months for consensual relations with a 14 year old classmate. Really?

  2. Zydrate says

    She still broke the law. The genders of the two doesn’t make it any more or less illegal. Here’s a novel idea, don’t have sex with 14 year olds.

  3. says

    God, it never ceases to amaze me how a smart site like this can attract such shitheads. Two of you think this girl should go to jail for breaking this stupid law? She was 17 and the other girl was 14. You honestly think that is morally wrong? Half the country would be in jail. “Don’t break the law!” says the tool who never stops to think that until someone within his own lifespan it was illegal for gay people to have oral or anal sex in most states.

    You’re both embarrassments to the gay community.

  4. Hagatha says

    Age of consent laws are arbitrary by nature. You can’t have a flexible standard for the precocious 14 year old and severe restrictions for the age-appropriate or immature 14 year old.

    Law , however should be consistent and it’s disingenuous to maintain that there is a moral issue here when it was perfectly legal for a 14 year old to be married to a 50 year old for most of American history. I think it’s still legally possible in some states.

    We should remember, however, that the purpose of these laws isn’t to protect young people from each other, it’s to allow the parents of a young girl the legal power to force a young man to marry the girl, or an alternative of jail if Dad doesn’t want his daughter to marry the penis bearer. These laws were never intended to address homosexuality, which is why they are able to be selectively enforced.

  5. ArkArk says

    @Michael — what a twit you are. Seriously, it must be embarrassing to not be able to think for your self. Age of consent laws are completely arbitrary. Why is 18 a threshold? Do some reading or exploration, that is, if your are capable. I’m thinking barely have a high school diploma or worse yet, believe in Jesus. Oh, brother.

    Maybe you should go over to Free Republic. You seem better suited for that site.

  6. j says

    When I saw plea deal I assumed it was dismissed . . .
    My jaw actually fell open when I read that she gets 4 months
    PLUS two years house arrest!
    Just boggles my mind
    Outrageous and just gross
    Isn’t this what so called Romeo laws are supposed to guard against – two teens – one under age – having sex –
    The obvious homophobia here should make every gay person appalled –
    I feel very badly for this woman – and it points to the fact that lgbt folks are literally not safe in some parts of this country – the institutionalized hatred of queer folks means unequal and harsh judgments – she was prosecuted because she is queer – tell me with a straight face she’d be in jail if she were a 17 year old boy

  7. wheelie81 says

    Arbitrary or not, laws are laws and when you break them, you face the consequences. This is pretty cut and dry. We can sit here and try to split hairs and make excuses, but at the end of the day, we are a country ruled by laws.

  8. dixichuk says

    This is sick in a world of reason and logic.
    But in Florida it is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to have sex. There are a lot of little unplanned misdemeanors running around out there.

  9. ArkArk says

    Wheelie81 (and what a white trash name that is) — you are an idiot. Go back to voting for Republicans. We don’t need you.

  10. Betty Treacle says

    At my school, a good deal of the girls were dating older teenagers. One girl got pregnant at 12. I didn’t hear of anyone who was prosecuted.

    What’s happening in Florida is driven by homophobia – like the evil ghost of Anita Bryant coming up out of the orange groves (OK, I know she’s not dead yet – allow me some artistic licence)

  11. Mike says

    Gay people defending sex with 14 year olds….makes me want to go back to the exgay movement.

  12. says

    Wrong, Mike. People are criticizing the harsh penalty for what was actually consensual sex among teenagers. I’m sure the sad ex-gay boys will welcome you back with open arms and open zippers.

  13. Mandy says

    I have no sympathy for the so-called lesbian. She should have known better. No sympathy at all.

  14. Prudery says

    This is very sad, and just shows the vindictive prudery of American society.

    This girl did nothing wrong, and yet the naysayers are also correct in that it WAS against the law.

    No-one mentions the obvious remedy though, which is to change the law. Teenagers having sex with each other is not wrong or unnatural, and has been going on since people have existed.

    Reducing the age of consent to 14 would be a very reasonable step, and prevent this criminalisation of entirely natural behaviour. More than half of Europe has 14/15 as the age of consent, and the majority of the rest at 16.

    16 is still too high. Prudish politicians and handwringers will say that’s too young, they’re just children, but in the UK where the age is 16, 30% of those surveyed admitted to having sex below the permitted age.

    “But think of the children!” cry the naysayers. Do we really want to criminalise 30% or more of our children? How does this help them?

    The fact that most of those 30% get away with it is not a sufficient reason to ignore the rest. The ones that fall through the cracks are the boyfriends/girlfriends that parents disapprove of. These disapproving parents should not be given the force of criminal law to use as a weapon.

    The same with sexting. People warn teens not to do it, warning of dire legal consequences. How about doing something to actually protect the children, by decriminalising it?

    A 15 year old boy texting a picture of his bits is generally rude and tacky, but there is no reason for it to be _criminal_.

    But society is so sex-negative I have no hope of any of this actually happening.

    The hypocrisy is astounding. Hollywood is full of films and TV with high-school age teens making out and having sex, and yet the age of consent in California is 18.

    The same with the drinking age. In most of the US a teen can drive at 16, considered responsible enough to control tons of speeding metal safely without injuring themselves or others. At 18 they are considered responsible enough to do most other things, like vote, and join the army and kill and die for their country. Yet in much of the country those same people are deemed too stupid and irresponsible to have a beer until they’re 21.

    It makes no sense.

  15. jjose712 says

    God, this site is full of entittled people who don’t know the meaning of empathy.

    Both girls were teenagers, she was with the other girl when she was 17, but suddenly she is abuser the day of her 18 birthday, that’s absurd.

    She made a big mistake when she met her girlfriend again, because it was obvious the parents of the girlfriend wanted to destroy her life.
    Well, they will destroy the life of her daughter too in the process

  16. rjp3 says

    Once she broke the law and continued contact with a minor after being charged – including sexting – sorry no sympathy. You are 18 – you do not send nude shots to a 15 year old that parents have told you to say away from. Or you go to jail. She got the right punishment for the crime.

  17. rjp3 says

    Florida by the way does have Romeo and Juliet “age of consent” law. The age of consent in Florida is 18. However, if a person is less than 24 years old, they may enter into consensual sexual contact with a person who is at least 16 years old. She even broke that law in this case.

  18. Prudery says

    @RJP3: Agreed, she made a terrible legal mistake by contacting her girlfriend again. But they were both teenagers, and if you try to forbid teenagers in love from seeing each other, then most likely they will not heed you.

    This is why I say the law should not criminalise natural behaviour. Teens having sex is NOT immoral, unnatural, or wrong.

    We still have laws against coercion and violence. Football players raping drunk girls at parties would still be held accountable, if we lowered the age of consent to a sensible level.

    Fun fact: The original Juliet was not quite 14, so Florida’s so-called “Romeo and Juliet” law wouldn’t have applied to the namesakes either.

  19. Hagatha says

    Since some of you may not have been following this case, there is a little more to it. You have the basics and are entitled to an opinion on what a Romeo And Juliet law should look like, but there are other factors in any case.

    The defendant is extremely unlikeable. As you can see, she looks a little nuts and when you read the backstory it would appear to confirm that she is. She didn’t simply have sex with the minor- she was obsessed with her, sending thousands of text messages to her, some of which made it quite clear that she understood the illegality of what she was doing and the gravity of getting caught and prosecuted.

  20. Donny says

    First, Mike, please do go back to ex-gay movement. They need you.

    Second, absolutely ridiculous punishment. This was consensual sex between two teenage girls. Stupid laws and a gross miscarriage of justice.

  21. Allen from Austin says

    I pray that she can get on with her life now and although it might take some time but all this behind her.

  22. Fox says

    @RJP3 – That’s correct, but it’s also been stated in other news articles that there is a subsection of Florida’s Romeo & Juliet Law that could apply to this case in that she would not have to register as a sex offender, because she was 17/18 and the other girl was 14. (But the other girl would have to say that it was consensual.) So being or not being on a sex offender’s list would affect her entire future.