Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Battling Expulsion, “Lewd” Charges For Consensual Same-Sex Relationship

An 18-year-old Florida high school senior has been expelled from school and is facing charges of “lewd and lascivious battery” for her consensual same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old from her basketball team.

Kaitlyn Hunt, formerly a cheerleader, choir singer and basketball player at Sabastian River High School, met the unnamed teen at school when Hunt was 17. They began dating after Kaitlyn turned 18, which, according to Hunt’s mother, Kelly Hunt Smith, prompted the girl’s parents to call police about the age discrepancy in their relationship. But it isn’t statutory rape the parents are worried about — it is homosexuality. Smith wrote on a Facebook page that the girls’ parents believe Kaitlyn Hunt “turned” their child gay, yet “Kaitlyn’s girlfriend denies that Kaitlyn ever pressured her and is adamant that their relationship is entirely consensual, but her parents are out to destroy Kaitlyn’s life.”

Now Kaitlyn Hunt — who was voted “Most School Spirit” this year — has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age. She has until Friday to accept a plea deal of two years house arrest and one year of probation, according to CBS News. If she doesn’t accept the plea deal and is found guilty, she could be named as a sexual offender.

If all that legal drama is is not enough, this young woman is also being shunned by her social community: Smith said her daughter was kicked off the basketball team when the coach learned she was in a same-sex relationship (reportedly, she said it would cause “drama”) and told the girls’ parents. Police taped Hunt and her girlfriend discussing their — again, consensual — relationship, which lead to her arrest and expulsion from school. According to Smith, two separate judges ruled that Kaitlyn Hunt should be able to attend school so long as she didn’t have contact with her girlfriend; but the girl’s parents appealed to the school board, and Kaitlyn has been sent to an alternative school to finish up her senior year.

Smith is now putting pressure on Florida’s state attorney Brian Workman to drop all this nonsense, writing on Facebook:

My daughter isn’t a criminal, she isn’t a predator. The parents daughter has said from day one, she cares about my daughter, she never wanted her parents to do this, she was 100% consenting and it was by her own choice that she was with my daughter. She doesn’t want Kate to be punished at all, and feels like they did nothing wrong. Unfortunately by the letter of the law, this girl has NO voice. Her parents can play the “victims” and ruin my daughters life. … The 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.

Seriously. Doesn’t the state of Florida have anything better to do? I’m sure there are real sex offenders somewhere that they could go after instead of an 18-year-old cheerleading lesbian.

You can sign a petition in support of Kaitlyn Hunt at Change.org here. You can learn more about the case on the Free Kate Facebook page.

[Kate’s Mom’s Story On Facebook]
[CBS News]