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04/19/2007


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

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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.


Florida Teen Re-Arrested, Continues to Face Felony Charges for Relationship with Female Classmate: VIDEO

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19-year-old Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt, who last February was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior on a child because she had a relationship with a 14-year-old female school classmate when she was 18, was arrested again last night, WPTV reports:

As some people in the Sebastian area wish to talk about the case less, Hunt's legal troubles are garnering more attention states away. A Boston-based lawyer recently signed on to consult with Hunt's defense team. Attorney William Korman says that new allegations that Hunt violated judge's orders not to contact the victim should not sway public opinion. "If people were supporting her then, they should still continue to support her," said Korman. "The fact that there's new allegations doesn't change anything."

On Monday, prosecutors withdrew a plea deal that they were offering Hunt. The plea deal - that would have kept her out of jail - was withdrawn. Prosecutors said that Hunt and her mother had been communicating with the victim, telling her to delete the texts so no one would find out.

Hunt was booked into the Indian River County Jail Monday evening, said Sgt.Thomas Raulen, spokesman for Indian River County Sheriff's Office. She continues to face felony charges and may have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

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Chris Hayes Talks to Kaitlyn Hunt, Charged with Felony for Relationship with Another Girl: VIDEO

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As Steve reported last weekend, Florida’s Sebastian River High School senior Kaitlyn Hunt began a relationship earlier this year with a fellow classmate, a 15-year old girl. This past February, soon after her 18th birthday, she was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age. Hunt's parents claim the the family of their daughter's girlfriend has never approved of the same-sex relationship and has since made Hunt a target.

Chris Hayes last night spoke with Hunt, her mother, and lawyer about the case.

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Hunt's family has started a petition on Change.org (which has so far netted over 160,000 signatures) as well as a Free Kate Facebook page.

CNN adds:

While some of the 150,000 people signing an online petition asking prosecutors to drop the case have suggested that it's being handled differently because it involves a same-sex relationship, Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said that has nothing to do with it.

"If this was an 18-year-old male and that was a 14-year-old girl, it would have been prosecuted the same way," he said. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin concurs, saying whether the people involved are same-sex or opposite-sex, the legal issues are the same.

"A kid, a child under the age of 16, cannot consent to having sexual relations with an 18-year-old, an adult under the eyes of the law," she said. "And that really is all this case comes down to when you look at it legally."

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