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Florida girl, 18, arrested and expelled after relationship with 15-year-old female classmate
New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, May 19, 2013 | Erik Ortiz

Posted on 05/20/2013 12:47:07 PM PDT by presidio9

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.

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.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: ageofconscent; definingdeviancydown; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; statutoryrape
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1 posted on 05/20/2013 12:47:07 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
The age of consent in Florida is 18.

If it were an 18 yr old boy and this 15 yr old, what would happen?

2 posted on 05/20/2013 12:49:02 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: presidio9
Come on, a couple of kids . Pardon me but ,

Big deal

3 posted on 05/20/2013 12:50:00 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: b4its2late

If it would have been MY 15 year old, there’d be one less 18 year old around.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 12:50:44 PM PDT by jrg
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To: b4its2late

It seems to me that if every High School boy who was 18 was arrested and prosecuted for having a sexual relationship with his 15 year old girlfriend - there would be a LOT of people sent from High School to prison.


5 posted on 05/20/2013 12:53:10 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: atc23

Actually, no. It was one adult and one kid.


6 posted on 05/20/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: presidio9

she’s hot, so Not Guilty ;-)


7 posted on 05/20/2013 12:53:33 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: presidio9

Equality.

If they’ll put 18-year-old men in jail for screwing a 15-year-old they have to do it to women, too.

Now, should the law be changed for everyone? That’s a different matter all together. But it damn sure shouldn’t be changed only for 18-year-old lesbians.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 12:54:15 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: presidio9

“the girls were in the same social circle at Sebastian River High School and played together on the basketball team.”

I think I’ve seen this movie.


9 posted on 05/20/2013 12:55:21 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: bigbob
she’s hot, so Not Guilty ;-)

Well if you are into big bulging scary eyes.

Gays want equal rights, welcome to statutory rape.

10 posted on 05/20/2013 12:56:12 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: presidio9
Pre-approved for a BJ Clinton post-POTUS pardon.


11 posted on 05/20/2013 12:56:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: allmendream
It seems to me that if every High School boy who was 18 was arrested and prosecuted for having a sexual relationship with his 15 year old girlfriend - there would be a LOT of people sent from High School to prison.

I guess that makes this a "teachable moment." The questions that need to be asked are "Why was this law created in the first place?" Why isn't it prosecuted? Have 15 year-olds evolved to the point where they are now capable of making adult decisions for themselves? If so why?

12 posted on 05/20/2013 12:57:48 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: servo1969

Glee?


13 posted on 05/20/2013 12:58:16 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nascarnation

There’s something not quite right about her face and eyes.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 12:58:24 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SoldierDad

If she puts on another 40 lbs, ole BJ will love her.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 1:00:53 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: presidio9

Equal rights is equal rights.

Equal under the law.


16 posted on 05/20/2013 1:00:54 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: b4its2late

Yes. Look up Marcus Dixon.


17 posted on 05/20/2013 1:01:04 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: presidio9
Hunt’s uncle, Andrew Gay,

Seriously? You can't make this stuff up!

18 posted on 05/20/2013 1:01:20 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: DAC21

hehe

Gays want end to laws against pedophilia. Fifteen is OK? Why not fourteen? Thirteen? Ages are just arbitrary based on societal norms. Who’s to say what’s normal? How can we deny younger people happiness?


19 posted on 05/20/2013 1:02:05 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: presidio9
I feel obligated to say - that lesbian is in the top percentile for good looks among all lesbians.
20 posted on 05/20/2013 1:02:09 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: presidio9

Why was such a law “necessary” in the first place?

Because the left and society have denigrated the role of the father to the point where it’s virtually illegal for a father to control and protect his daughters.


21 posted on 05/20/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: presidio9
I think the law was created to keep adults from abusing children.

Many States have ‘romeo and juliet’ provisions that would avoid this sort of ridiculous notion that sex between a 17 year old and a 15 year old is legal the day before the 17 year old’s birthday - and illegal the day after.

I have heard that this is usually not prosecuted UNLESS the parents of the younger partner object. So any ‘just turned 18 years old’ person with an underage partner had better be REAL NICE to that partner's parents.

While I am all for protecting “children” I am not sure something magical happens at 18 that suddenly turns a “child” into an “adult” - I think the law should reflect this is some capacity.

22 posted on 05/20/2013 1:03:26 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: b4its2late
If it were an 18 yr old boy and this 15 yr old, what would happen?

Fair is fair.

That said, this is a relationship issue that the parents should be handling, not law enforcement or the school.

23 posted on 05/20/2013 1:04:29 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (The Cardinals chose wisely.)
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To: DAC21; bigbob
"Well if you are into big bulging scary eyes."
24 posted on 05/20/2013 1:05:00 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: presidio9
“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.'”

Translation: My niece should not be held to account for the same laws that apply to all other 18 year old's.

25 posted on 05/20/2013 1:05:13 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I agree. Most of the lesbians I’ve seen probably wouldn’t have much success looks-wise if they were after a man. The super hot lesbian is the albino of lesbians.


26 posted on 05/20/2013 1:08:48 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: allmendream
Many States have ‘romeo and juliet’ provisions that would avoid this sort of ridiculous notion that sex between a 17 year old and a 15 year old is legal the day before the 17 year old’s birthday - and illegal the day after.

I am not saying I disagree with you here, but I do think you are changing the subject just a little bit. According to the article. Kaitlyn Hunt was already 18 years old when the relationship began. The victim was 15, not 17.

If you are ok with the number 15, where do you draw the line? Would it have been ok if the other girl was 13? In this case, obviously, the younger girl's parents were not ok with it. They were the ones who called the police.

27 posted on 05/20/2013 1:09:49 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

” because she was in a same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old “

The age of consent thing applies even to non-standard-sex people. They want special privileges. Sorry, bub, but a law applies to all or it’s invalid.

The daily news is an illiterate rag.


28 posted on 05/20/2013 1:11:27 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: SoldierDad

I’d tell her to look me straight in the eyes and tell me she thinks it’s alright.


29 posted on 05/20/2013 1:11:57 PM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: servo1969
If they’ll put 18-year-old men in jail for screwing a 15-year-old they have to do it to women, too.

IMO, Especially if it's a lesbian affair.

30 posted on 05/20/2013 1:12:18 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: presidio9

First thought: I do not support homosexuality Period.
Seconf thought: Many freepers currently freaking out over the age thing better ask granny how old she was when her husband statutorially raped her. Because MANY of the women throughout history were ‘under age’ when they got married. By the modern definition.

Which is the problem with the modern definition.


31 posted on 05/20/2013 1:12:31 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

If you like crazy eyes, maybe.


32 posted on 05/20/2013 1:15:35 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: b4its2late

He would do prison time and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, and he would be highly restricted as to where he could live, visit, possibly banned from parks, schools, internet, any public events where children may be present, etc., etc., etc.


33 posted on 05/20/2013 1:18:19 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: presidio9

Well there is no indication that they had sex before and after her birthday - but according to the law apparently it would have been legal the day before and illegal the day after; and I don’t believe it is changing the subject to point it out.

There are age of consent laws in many States, and in general I am opposed to them applying to any adult having sex with any 15 year old. I am more in support of ‘Romeo and Juliet laws’ and I think a four year span of age would be appropriate - this would cover the majority of partners in High School.

And yes, usually this crime is only prosecuted if a parent complains.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/romeo-and-juliet-law-offers-a-way-off-floridas-sex-offender-list/1191974


34 posted on 05/20/2013 1:18:44 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: atc23

Big deal, eh? I guess you’re a believer in abolition of the family, in that case.


35 posted on 05/20/2013 1:18:52 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: presidio9

if her outer body was the teenage boy her inner body is, and she was an adult 18 yr old man bonking a 15 yr old, this wouldnt even be a story

statutory rape

buh bye


36 posted on 05/20/2013 1:19:18 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Olog-hai

I couldn’t care less what teenage girls do - they’re teenage girls after all. They’re going to do whatever they want.


37 posted on 05/20/2013 1:25:48 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Norm Lenhart

First thought: I do not support homosexuality Period.
Seconf thought: Many freepers currently freaking out over the age thing better ask granny how old she was when her husband statutorially raped her. Because MANY of the women throughout history were ‘under age’ when they got married. By the modern definition.

Which is the problem with the modern definition.

Heck, most people these days are so immature they don’t even START acting an adult until they are in their mid to late 20’s....

Back inthe 1800’s you were considered an adult in your mid teens because you had to be responsible to survive... Now a days people can skirt by with little responsibility until they are almost 30....

So once could make the case we need to move the age of consent up to 24.... A lot more easier than lowering it to 16....

Personally I think our education system is what is helping screw kids up and contributing to them being immature useless babies who play video games all fo the time.


38 posted on 05/20/2013 1:26:30 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: nascarnation; KC_Lion


39 posted on 05/20/2013 1:28:46 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: b4its2late

Good point.


40 posted on 05/20/2013 1:29:55 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: GraceG
So once could make the case we need to move the age of consent up to 24....

Sure, why not? We've already estabilished that children are not capable of providing for their own health insurance before they turn 26.

41 posted on 05/20/2013 1:31:42 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: GraceG

42 posted on 05/20/2013 1:33:30 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: presidio9
Arresting, expelling & possibly imprisoning an 18-year-old for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old is about as stupid as it gets.

If you want to avoid the "creep factor" simply amend the law to allow for a 4-year age difference, for example.

43 posted on 05/20/2013 1:33:54 PM PDT by gdani
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To: atc23

Well, DU awaits in that case. That’s not the attitude of a conservative, with all due respect.


44 posted on 05/20/2013 1:35:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Politicalmom

Pretty sure thats Marty Feldman’s kid


45 posted on 05/20/2013 1:35:42 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: gdani
If you want to avoid the "creep factor" simply amend the law to allow for a 4-year age difference, for example.

You are misinterpreting the intent of the law. The idea here is to protect children under a certain age who are incapable of making adult decisions for themselves. Feel free to have sex with my 15 year old. Just ask for my permission first.

46 posted on 05/20/2013 1:37:31 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: allmendream
Well there is no indication that they had sex before and after her birthday

Please read the article before responding:

"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."

Thanks so much.

47 posted on 05/20/2013 1:40:49 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: atc23
I couldn’t care less what teenage girls do - they’re teenage girls after all. They’re going to do whatever they want.

It makes me sad that you would say this. Particularly on this conservative website.

48 posted on 05/20/2013 1:42:05 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: atc23

Agreed. Another inflexible, “zero-tolerance” excuse for the state to intrude into families’ lives.


49 posted on 05/20/2013 1:42:16 PM PDT by kenavi ("Beware of rulers, for they befriend only for their own benefit." Gamliel)
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To: presidio9

So the parents who want the law enforced out of concern for their child are “bigoted” because the oh-so-modern hyphenated-name mama never bothered teaching her own daughter any boundaries when it comes to sex? I don’t think so.


50 posted on 05/20/2013 1:42:17 PM PDT by madprof98
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