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Abuse Of The Law: Bigoted Parents Have Daughter’s Girlfriend Arrested

Kaitlyn Hunt via Change.org

Kaitlyn Hunt via Change.org

Kaitlyn Hunt is a senior at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Florida. She has been charged with two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16 years of age” because she had a sexual relationship with a fifteen-year-old girl. The catch, Kaitlyn only turned 18 at the end of last year.

Hunt was arrested on 16 February after her girlfriend’s parents filed a complaint with local police. According to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, “She had a mutual consenting relationship with her girlfriend who is three years younger, and her parents had her arrested. . . This is about two teenage high school girls who were dating, and both consenting. . .They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter.”

The two girls have been dating for more than a year. Hunt turned 18 on 14 August of 2012.

Since her arrest, Kaitlyn has been expelled by the Indian River School Board, ostensibly based on the criminal charges, and been ordered not to have contact with her former girlfriend.

Hunt faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted by a jury, but was offered a plea deal by state attorney Brian Workman. Under the plea deal, Hunt would be sentenced to two years house arrest, one year of probation, and be forced to attend sex offender counseling. The judge could also require Hunt be forced to register as a sex offender. She has until the end of this week to decide.

Florida’s Romeo and Juliet Law allows for an ‘offender’ to petition the court to remove the requirement to register as a sex offender if the ‘victim’ is between 14 and 17 and ‘a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender.’ Unfortunately, the law has only ever been applied to heterosexual couples.

Change.org has a petition started to get the state attorney to drop the charges.

Traditionally, the Romeo and Juliet Law has been inconsistently applied, and often times, they have been used quite often to punish girlfriends and boyfriends that parents object to.

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17 Responses to Abuse Of The Law: Bigoted Parents Have Daughter’s Girlfriend Arrested

  1. Scott Rose

    May 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Multiple adult witnesses from the school are volunteering themselves on Kaitlyn’s side; they allege that they heard the younger one’s mother railing against homosexuals in general, and in particular saying that her daughter will never be a lesbian, and accusing Kate of “turning her into a lesbian.” These witnesses would not be putting their careers on the line by inventing something out of the clear blue. This is one area where this case is very different from a male-female high school romance with an age difference. The younger teen knows within herself that she is lesbian, but her parents reject that basic fact. So a good question is, how should society view parents of gay teens who torture their offspring by refusing to accept that they are gay?

  2. Scott Rose

    May 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    One thing the society should be discussing is the fact that by using the phrase “statutory rape” where there in fact was mutual consent, we are inappropriately trivializing the actual meaning of the crime of rape.

  3. Anderson

    May 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Re: those saying “statutory rape,” the problem here is that it’s crazy to have a law prohibiting a high school senior from having any sexual contact (we call it “dating” right?) with a freshman at her school.

    I don’t think it should be illegal at all; if illegal, a misdemeanor at most; and responsible police would start off by cautioning the girls about the law, i.e. a warning.

    I have to doubt the lamebrains in the Fla. legislature really paused to think they were making it a felony for two students at the same high school to date.

  4. Brenda

    May 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    This is cleary an issue of parents having no control of their child, morals and respect start at home, had they done a better job of raising this young lady she would have respected and understood that their wishes were not related to a “Lesbian relation” but that they didn’t and don’t want her in a relations with a Senior because of the age gap. So since we do not live with them and really don’t know what happens behind closed doors they can say whatever they want…about it not having to do with a gay relations or that they would have done this had it been a boy, “Senior Jock” or a “Senior Geek” we will really never know. Obviously the fact that this child ran away I believe there are more issues at home then anyone will ever know. But, as a parent if the tables were turn would she want her child’s life ruin, this girl does not deserve this and I rather see my “TAX DOLLARS” invested in real cases. I gather that the State Attorney and the Sebastain Police Department are having a slow season. There are so many more important things going on in this world lets focus on them.

  5. Scott Rose

    May 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Bridgette: For technical reasons, I couldn’t respond to your message to me on Facebook.

    Quoting Florida Statutes, Section 800.04 – Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.
    (1) DEFINITIONS. — As used in this section:
    (a) “Sexual activity” means the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      May 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Scott. I wasn’t sure and haven’t had time to research this further to find out all the stuff involved in it.

  6. Scott Rose

    May 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    The arrest affidavit actually makes this prosecution sound even more barbaric. Any moral panic over the recorded age differences of these two high school students is hypocritical and obnoxious. The police detective set up an entrapment scheme, where the younger teen was forced against her will to participate in hoodwinking her girlfriend in talking about intimate details of their relationship with police listening in on the line. Notably, during the conversation, Kaitlyn and her girlfriend discussed that they love each other.

    To hear that the younger girl’s parents ordered her to stop seeing Kaitlyn, and that when the younger girl continued to see Kaitlyn, the only solution they could come up with was to use their daughter, against her will, as a police decoy — shows that they are retaliating against their daughter as well as against Kaitlyn.

    These monsters don’t know a god damned thing about love. The Florida laws are not written carefully enough, and in this case, a teenager’s high school girlfriend is being treated as though she were an adult predator of teens.

    The basketball couch kicked them off the team for being in a lesbian relationship — when did it ever happen that a male high school sports star got kicked off a team for having a loving relationship with a high school girl?

    Look up the case of H.S. in Silbee, Texas. Three high school football stars raped H.S. at a party. The town retaliated against the female victim for daring to report the crimes. Only one of the rapists was convicted, in a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. He never clarified which part of H.S. body he admitted to having assaulted. He had no jail time, and was discovered to have been let off of his one year probation time.

    And it’s a stretch to say that the Smith girl “ran away from home” because she spent one night at Kaitlyn’s house. Parents who think they can put a ball and chain on a 15-year-old — in a matter of the heart — really should be talking with therapists instead of with the police.

    I repeat: The Smiths are abusing their daughter. They are mounting a vindictive prosecution that the supposed “victim” does not want to see prosecuted. Hypocrisy and ignorance!

  7. Kevin

    May 21, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Morality has everything to do with it. If the girlfriend’s parents didn’t think their daughter’s lesbian relationship was immoral, Kaitlyn wouldn’t have been prosecuted.

    • michael

      May 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Exactly! The parents don’t approve so their going to punish Kaitlyn. I thought Florida was better than this.Stupid parents, lets hope God judges them correctly!

  8. Kevin

    May 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It is terrible what is happening to this young woman as well as the embarrassment that this case has caused her girlfriend. However, this is what happens when society puts law enforcement and the judicial system in charge of instilling moral values into our children. Instead of the girlfriend’s parents directly dealing with the “immoral” behavior (as they apparently see it), they and the State have decided to ruin a young woman’s life and take away their own daughter’s right to be who she wants to be. Unless the laws of this country are changed to reflect parents’ desire to confront matters of sex with their children, this young woman will be a sex offender and her life ruined forever. Everyone must be treated equally under the law. If you don’t like it, you must change the law.

    We, as a society, have made the bed, unfortunately, now this young woman has to sleep in it.

    • adamas

      May 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Ummm this whole case is because one girl’s parents dislike the fact their daughter was in a lesbian relationship and are perfectly willing to ruin someone else’s life out of spite. “Morality” has about as much to do with this as a bean has with a Himalayan avalanche.

    • Stephen

      May 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      According to the younger girl’s parents, they would have pressed charges if it was an 18 year old boy having sex with their 14 year old daughter as well and don’t care if their daughter is gay. It’s also being reported that they told their daughter not to see Kaitlyn anymore and also reached out to Kaitlyn’s parents to stop this and they wouldn’t. Apparently they only got the cops involved after a January 4th incident where the younger girl ran away from home and ended up at Kaitlyn’s where they had sex and so the parents finally called the cops.

      I’m a little disturbed that everyone is throwing so much hatred at the parents. My dad would’ve done anything in his power to end things if I had been 14 and having sex with an 18 year old, male or female, and I don’t think that’s an unusual response.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      May 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Stephen, do you have a link to that information? If so, please post it.

  9. Scott Rose

    May 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Apparently, when the two were 17 and 15 and started dating, the school’s basketball coach threw Kate off the team, saying that lesbians were unwanted on it. That alone is very disturbing. Somebody should file a complaint against that school with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

    • Random Static

      May 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      The relationship became a crime immediately after Kate’s 18th birthday.

    • Stephen

      May 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      If you look up the arrest affidavit, you’ll see they were 18 and 14 when they started dating and had sex. Kaitlin turned 18 in August and didn’t even meet the younger girl until school started later. Also, they’re birthdates are August 1994 and April 1998, so they are actually a little less than 4 years apart, not 2 years. Kaitlyn’s parents have made this a gay rights issue to distract from the fact that it’s an open and shut case of statutory rape. If you think I’m wrong, look at the arrest affidavit here:

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/142642135/Kaitlyn-Hunt-Redacted-Affidavit-Redacted

      Also, they younger girl’s parents have come out and said they don’t care if their daughter is gay, they would have filed charged if it was a 18 year old boy having sex with their 14 (only recently 15) year old daughter. They claim that Kaitlyn’s father is making up the “they hate gays” angle to get sympathy from the media for their daughter since under the law, she’s clearly guilty.

    • Clarke dubois

      May 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Not 17 and 15, they were 18 and 14 when the relationship started