The following report might give one pause, but if you really think about it, salient issues have been raised. The family of the 18 yr old offender feel the law is being too hard on their daughter. She and the girl she was involved with were in a mutually consensual relationship, they say. They were friends, peers, moved in the same circles and so on.
I say, if the law gets twisted around to accommodate this sex offender because of her sexuality, then a grave injustice has been done to all heterosexuals who have ended up in jail as a result of similar circumstances.
She is NOT being prosecuted for being a lesbian. The law never gave her a second glance until she put her hands on a girl who was too young for her to have been doing that to. Had she been in a similar relationship with a girl her age or older, something tells me no one would be considering putting a sex offender label on her.
I think it would establish an egregious miscarriage of justice to have one set of laws for heterosexual sex crimes and another for gay sex crimes.
The mother who has launched a massive campaign on facebook describes the situation as a “mother’s nightmare.”
Well guess what? The young men who have been thrown in jail for similar offences also have mothers who also think its unfair. They are still in jail and will forever have to pay the price for a slip in judgement.
Why should it be any different when the sex offender is female? My take.
The family of Kaitlyn Hunt wants prosecutors to reconsider the charges against their daughter. Under a plea deal on the table, she would face two years of house arrest and one year of probation for engaging in a physical relationship with her younger girlfriend, a student at a Sebastian, Fla., high school. Her mom says she’s no criminal and was being targeted, in part, because of her sexuality.
BY ERIK ORTIZ / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
An 18-year-old Florida student’s senior year has become a nightmare — all because she was in a same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old, her family says.
Kaitlyn Hunt was arrested Feb. 16 for having a physical relationship with a younger classmate, who was her girlfriend at the time, mom Kelley Hunt Smith wrote on Facebook.
Under Florida law, Hunt could see up to 15 years in prison and must register as a sex offender. A plea deal, however, remains on the table that would give Hunt two years’ house arrest and one year of probation, her family said.
“Does my daughter deserve to lose her life for 15 years, or 3 years, or to have no life, because of one choice she made in high school, absolutely not!!” Hunt Smith wrote Friday, adding, “This is a mother’s nightmare.”
The distraught mom and her family has launched an online campaign asking supporters to petition the State Attorney’s office in Indian River County and have them reconsider the charges.
“The (assistant) state attorney, Brian Workman needs to use taxpayers money to prosecute REAL criminals, not a high school student who has never been in trouble a day in her young life, all because she had a mutual consenting relationship with someone who has bigoted parents,” wrote Hunt Smith, who didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday.
Hunt’s uncle, Andrew Gay, told the Daily News that the girls were in the same social circle at Sebastian River High School and played together on the basketball team.
COURTESY KELLEY HUNT
Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, with mom Kelley Hunt Smith, who is defending her daughter after she was arrested for having a relationship with a 15-year-old female student. The age of consent in Florida is 18.
In September, after Hunt turned 18, she and the other girl, a freshman, began dating and expressed their relationship in “intimate ways,” the family said.
But when the basketball coach found out about their relationship, Hunt was thrown off the team and the other girl’s parents were notified.
The parents then told police, and a phone call was recorded between their daughter and Hunt in which the girls discussed their relationship, Gay said.
The age of consent in Florida is 18.
Hunt was arrested on two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child ages 12 to 16, jail records show.
Her family was devastated.
“We certainly aren’t saying that all 18-year olds anywhere should be able to date all 15-year olds,” Gay said. “But this is a situation where these two girls were in the same social circle, on the same basketball team. I just don’t think Kaitlyn looked at this girl and thought, ‘She’s a certain age, so she’s off limits to me.’”
Hunt Smith claims the other family was upset because their daughter was in a same-sex relationship and believed that Hunt had somehow “made” their daughter gay.
“Of course I see it 100% different,” Hunt Smith wrote. “I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality, all teens do it in one form or another. … And even if their daughter is gay, who cares, she is still their daughter.”
Hunt was expelled from the high school and agreed to have no contact with the other girl. She also transferred to an alternative high school.
Although she’ll be allowed to walk with the graduating class at Sebastian River High School, her final year — and future — has been tainted by scandal.
“Should the girls have made better choices, YES. I agree,” Hunt Smith said, “but is this criminal, no.”
The State Attorney’s Office in Indian River County couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Regardless of whether the family takes the plea, Gay said, a felony child abuse charge will ruin his niece’s future and her dream of one day becoming a nurse.
“She’s been a great student, so bright and not troubled at all,” Gay said. “She was voted ‘most school spirit.’ What’s happened to her now is ridiculous.”
Culled from nydailynews.com