A gay rights hero to some and a child molester to others, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt will likely face the judgment of a court after rejecting a deal which would have required her to plead guilty to engaging in sex with her underage girlfriend. And as new details about the case emerge some of Hunt’s former supporters are starting to back away.
Under the rejected deal, Hunt would have served two years under house arrest and another year of probation, but would not be incarcerated or listed as a sex offender.
If a new deal is not reached, the case will go to trial, where Hunt could face up to 15 years in prison.
Last November, Hunt began a romantic relationship with a 14-year-old female student. Both attended Sebastian River High School in Florida, and played on the basketball team together. The age difference between the two girls was three and a half years.
The relationship became sexual sometime before Christmas, when they first had sexual contact in a bathroom at the high school, according to the arrest affidavit. After briefly running away from home on January 4th, the younger girl spent the night at Hunt’s home, where they engaged in oral sex and mutual masturbation.
Their basketball coach found out about the relationship and notified the younger girl’s parents, Jim and Laurie Smith. The Smiths forbade Hunt to see their daughter and alerted the police. Since the age of consent in Florida is 16 years of age, Hunt was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child.
The parents also pressed school authorities to expel Hunt, who was forced to complete her senior year at an alternate high school.
Police officers recorded a phone call between Hunt and her girlfriend in which Hunt referenced their relationship and said that she had fallen in love with Smith.
Hunt told authorities that the criminal nature of the relationship never crossed her mind, since her girlfriend seemed mature and was actually taller than she was.
The girlfriend does not want Hunt prosecuted, but has no legal say in the matter, since she is underage.