Controversial underage lesbian sex case heads to trial

Kaitlyn Hunt

Kaitlyn Hunt
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The incredibly sensitive story of a Florida teen being charged with having a same-sex relationship with her underage girlfriend has gripped the entire country with its tremendous legal implications.

Indian River County teenager Kaitlyn Hunt rejected a deal from prosecutors Friday that would have had her plead guilty to felony child abuse in exchange for two years of house arrest and one year of probation. Now, the case will head to trial, with Hunt facing up to 15 years in prison and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Hunt, 18, was charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16 years old for engaging in a consensual relationship with her then 14-year-old girlfriend.

Florida’s 2007 “Romeo and Juliet” law, which prevents 18-year-olds from having to register as sex offenders if they had consensual sex with children aged 15 to 17, doesn’t apply in this case because of the age of the girlfriend.

Hunt’s family and thousands upon thousands of “Stop the hate, free Kate” supporters believe she is being unfairly prosecuted for being a lesbian.

“Our client is a courageous teenager who is choosing not to accept the current plea offer by the State of Florida,” Hunt’s attorney Julia Graves said in a statement. “This is a situation of two teenagers who happen to be of the same sex involved in a relationship. If this case involved a boy and girl, there would be no media attention to this case.”

Graves continued:

Our client is a model citizen. She has been placed in an environment of school with her classmates where they go to school together, 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 as a result of this environment created by the state, it leads to criminal prosecution.

If this incident occurred 108 days earlier when she was 17, we wouldn’t even be here.

Laurie and Jim Smith

Laurie and Jim Smith
Photo Credit: CBS 12 West Palm Beach

The unnamed girlfriend’s parents said this isn’t about their daughter being a lesbian. Hunt, they said, took their daughter’s innocence and “there deserves some type of punishment for that,” the father told CBS 12 News. They claim that after warning Hunt twice to stay away from their daughter, they ultimately turned to authorities.

The girl’s parents, Laurie and Jim Smith, spoke exclusively to CBS 12 Friday in an effort to defend themselves against protestors and critics who call them gay bashers. They say they stand by their decision to press charges against Hunt even after learning the case will head to trial and their now-15-year-old daughter will have to take the witness stand.

“They know there will be protestors,” CBS 12 reported. “They know there will be a media frenzy, and they know the threats and name calling against them will continue.”

The girlfriend’s father called it “a private family matter” that has “turned into a media circus.”

“How would you feel if somebody came into your house and turned your life upside down?” the father asked.

As the mother of three teenaged daughters who met my own husband, then 18, when I was 15, this story has me wanting to ask the girlfriend’s parents: What in the world were you thinking would happen when you turned to the police? What good can come out of putting your daughter through this?

But the law is the law, and a felony conviction with prison time and sex offender status very well may be Hunt’s future.

“This is a life sentence for behavior that is all too common, whether male, female, gay, straight,” attorney Graves said in a press conference Wednesday. “High school relationships may be fleeting, but felony convictions are forever.”

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  • sassy3000

    She ISN'T a pedophile BUT she is guilty of breaking the law and should be held to the SAME standard of any hetero couple. For the Gay community and their supporters to on the one hand demand equality but back away from being treated like everyone else when it means being held accountable for a crime is pretty disingenuous.

    Either they want equality…………Or they don't!

    • joel goodman

      The queers are just like the blacks when it comes to "equality"…They both want to be "more equal" special protection and special exclusion from responsibility. Yes, I am a bigot.I do not like the people in both of these groups that want something that everyone else does not have.

  • Rebecca Ray

    The parents turned to the police when the 18 year old wouldn't leave the young teenage girl alone. When I discovered a 17 year old girl flirting with and leading on my 13 year old son, I didn't go to the police. I put a stop to it myself. I called her Mother and explained that if her daughter contacted my son again, I would be paying HER (the mother) a visit and STOMP A MUD HOLE IN HER, then her daughter! Needless to say, little Miss Hussy never called or contacted my son again. Redneck? yes. Effective? Absolutely.

    • RUSerious

      Redneck? Maybe, but certainly needlessly aggressively threatening, not a particularly civilized response.

    • joel goodman

      not redneck–"responsible mother" is what I'd call you.

  • Harry Travis

    tyical, its alright because they are lesbians,, sickening,,,and she should be prosecuted just like a man would be if he had sex with an underage girl or boy

    this is a sick,scik society and world…GOD WILL JUDGE

  • JWE

    This is such a controversial issue. But you are right, the law is the law. If it were a male, he would be having to face the same situation.

    The times we are living in today nearly force premarital sex on kids. They are taught it is ok, and given contraception. Really they are training them to be immoral. Allowing it to happen, without parental consent whatsoever by approving a morning after pill.

    That being said, I was lured into that same lifestyle myself, only my situation was a 21 yo male, and I was only 15. Totally in over my head. I am glad it worked out for you, but more often than not, it doesn't.

    Now that I am older, I view the situation entirely differently. I was so naive, I did not even know WHEN you got pregnant during a "cycle". This guy ended up causing so much undue hardship in my life. It is a much longer and heartbreaking story, however, it made me the survivor and part of the strong woman I am today.

    So what if she is gay? The issue that bothers me is that she was involved with a 14 year old, and to a 14 year old, all they see is the flattery of being paid attention to someone so much older and popular.There is a huge difference between those ages in maturity, and I cannot say that if I were the parents, I would have done anything different.

    The father of my child was never named on the birth certificate because we never wanted to allow him parental rights. He never sought them either.

    I do not know how much of a predatory thing it actually was, but I have seen MANY children brought through the back door of the county jail for the same thing. Lewd and lascivious acts upon minors. Just because it was a gay relationship does not mean it deserves special treatment.

    Go check out the sexual offender registry for the State of Florida, and you will see how very many females are on that list.

    She will live, and life will go on, just as it has for all the rest of them. They wanted equality, they have it. I think the parents felt like they had no other recourse in gaining control of the 14 year old. When every other avenue has been exhausted, what do you do? Especially when you are willing to do anything to protect your children. Just my humble opinion. I certainly do not mean to offend, and I am not a gay hater, but it is what it is, she probably made things a lot worse on herself. They have her dead to rights on this one. She should have just complied with the plea deal.

    • Maggie

      I could not agree more….they want everything heterosexuals have, and this would be part of it. The will just have to take the good with the bad. Life is not perfect for any of us.

      • Kenneth Clark

        More than likely, her decission not to accept the plea deal is a direct result of badgering and lecturing of the "Gay and Lesbian Rights" groups to convince her that they can beat the system and not be held accountable for their illegal activities with children.

        I am not a supporter of Gay and Lesbian Rights. I do not believe being Gay or Lesbian is a "born with" lifestyle nor is it genetic. It is a choice and learned behavior.

        All should be held to the same standard of the law. Had this young 14 year old girl been enticed by an 18 year old male and did not adhere to the demands of the girl's parents, there would be no hooplah at all. He would be tried and go to prison. Consequences for his actions. In other words, Held accountable. Something the Gay and Lesbian groups think they should not be.

        There is a street term that holds true to this day should a person become infatuated with another so young its called "JAIL BAIT". It means exactly what it says regardless of your sexual choices.

        • RUSerious

          Sorry to learn of your ignorance Ken, I hope you 'evolve' and accept all people as equal, and worthy of equal justice.

          • Kenneth Clark

            I accept all people regardless of race, color or creed. What I do not accept is bad behavior and bad choices that are attemptwd to be forced as normal.

            Everyone agrees, I hope, that the murderer in connecticut made a choice and that it was not a gene or inherited.

            Untold "phobias" and other "mental illneses" have been developed and imposed upon the people in the past 30 years as a cover or excuse for bad choices and behavior. Bad behavior or bad choices cannot be controlled by a pill or brief stay in a "Rehab" to avoid the consequences that come with the choice or behavior. These diagnosis have allowed people to be excused for bad choices and behaviors that they should be held accountable for. But our PC society has allowed such to become normalized and those whom would stand against bad behavior have been criminalized or labelled a bigot, racist and many other labels that the ones participating in the bad behavior feel they need to use as they pop another pill and excuse themselves from accountability.

            When people convince themselves that right is wrong, black is white and to overlook it, it will pass. Anarchy and chaos are born. We have over looked, looked the other way and assumed that if it doesn't effect us let it go, for far to long. This type of behavior has brought us to where we are today.

            As for "Evolving" that is a farce. I subscribe to "Involving". It is far more productive and repeatable.

    • Dan McFall

      Well said…im in total agreement

  • Devian

    If my parents knew about my 17-year-old boyfriend when I was 13, they would have put a stop to it, legally if they had to. If I hadn't broken up with my 15-year-old girlfriend before I turned 18, her brother would have reported me. We deal with this every day, and some of us are smart enough to wait. She broke the law. She didn't take the plea deal. She's going to prison. Good luck, Kaitlyn, your parents and lawyer led you astray.

  • http://fb Rick

    Oh well, a felony conviction would be nice for sure. It doesn't matter at all about what life style here. The comment if it were a boy girl, guess what, In my state that's statutory Rape. There would be jail time, why do people make lite of this crime. The media should have stayed out of it for sure, buy now the young girl will suffer, score another one for the media slime that love these stories. This perp apparently entered the Smith's house and seduced a 14 year old, go away, and become the pedophile you are going to be registered as.

  • M driscoll

    Statutory rape Has always been a serious crime. Until someone is 18 they are considered minors and their parents do have a valid rights concerning associations and conduct. Parenting of minors is not the laws or the states responsibility. If parents do not want unwanted an in permitted contact between their 14 year old child and a legal adult, the law will protect this, society as a whole will respect this and putting a romanticized spin on idea will not change it.

  • Andreas

    How do you know when two lesbians go all the way?

    First and only time these girls were intimate was in a bathroom stall at school? How likely is it what those girls had was full on sex? Their first time?

    I want the very intimate details of every touch, not because I am a voyeur but because I doubt experienced lesbians would identify the encounter as anything more than petting.

    Even pr0n loving heterosexuals would demand their video rental charge reversed.

    • John Boudreaux

      @ Andreas: IF the 18 yo touched, by hand, mouth or her own genitals, even ONCE, on ANY BODY part of the 14 y.o., it is inappropriate and considered by the law, and every other decent human being, as a pedophile! JUST because you can't have a male penetrating the female doesn't mean sexual contact did not happen! And I love the lawyers comment about trying to lay blame on society!

      "Our client is a model citizen. She has been placed in an environment of school with her classmates where they go to school together, 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 as a result of this environment created by the state, it leads to criminal prosecution.

      If this incident occurred 108 days earlier when she was 17, we wouldn’t even be here."

      The state doesn't say it's ok for nude genital on nude genital contact in sports! Genital contact with an adult on a minor, meant in a sexual manner, is illegal and punishable! She should have taken the plea deal! BUT because she didn't want to be labeled as a Sex offender, she'll do 15 years instead of 2 under house arrest!

  • John

    Once again a certain segment in society is not asking for equal rights but rather unequal rights. Do you think that this OUTRAGE would exist if it were male on female. Absolutely not. Why? Because we expect heterosexual males to know the law and follow it. When it happened to be reversed with perverted female teachers, once again the law wasn't fair. We must make a decision in this country. Do we want equality under the law or not? If not, please refer back to the most unequal of laws, Shari'a, to see how unequal application eventually affects a society.

  • http://alessandrareflections.wordpress.com/ Alessandra

    Kaitlyn Hunt’s Parents – Aiding and Abetting Their Daughter to Commit Statutory Rape?

    May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment (Edit)

    A question that has not been addressed regarding this case* is the role of this predatory lesbian’s parents. By the little information that has been reported, they encouraged their daughter, Kaitlyn Hunt, to target and groom underage girls for homosexual exploitation and statutory rape – something we can presume many other liberals parents also do.

    Whether Kaitlyn’s parents can be legally defined as “aiding and abetting” in these harmful actions is a question for the justice system. But in practice, that is exactly what they seem to have done by the information reported. Apparently they had knowledge that their daughter was targeting girls for homosexual activity, they think this is normal, they encouraged it, and they counseled her to do it if she wanted to. Moreover, they did not report their daughter to authorities after her alleged statutory rape. If this wasn’t enough, they adamantly want their daughter not to be prosecuted for the alleged statutory rape. In other words, they want their daughter to commit statutory rape of girls, as often as she likes, targeting as many kids as she wants, with total impunity. It’s clear that people defending homosexual statutory rape clearly espouse morally corrupt views on sexuality and work to destroy protections ensured by the law against child sexual exploitation and perversion.

    The sexual grooming and statutory rape allegedly committed by Kaitlyn is defended by liberals based on their utterly false claim that homosexuality is normal, therefore pursuing homosexual behavior is not only acceptable but laudable – and that includes child exploitation, seduction, homosexual grooming, perversion, and statutory rape. Liberals wrongly believe that homosexual urges are biologically determined and therefore must be followed through in action – that is why they normalize homosexuality, and use the same rationale for porn and promiscuity. It’s all an excuse for rationalizing their dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors regarding sexuality, but any excuse will do for people who want just that.