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18-Year Old Girl Faces Felony Charges Over Lesbian Romance

Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman: Stop the prosecution of a girl in a same-sex relationship

Kaitlyn Hunt
Kaitlyn Hunt - Sign the Petition Here

(PALM BEACH) - My daughter Kaitlyn is a wonderful 18-year-old who is not guilty of anything other than a high school romance, but is being prosecuted for 2 felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12--16 years of age,” because she has a girlfriend who is 15.

Kailtyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship, even though their daughter has stated that this is a consensual relationship. The two girls began dating while Kaitlyn was 17 but her girlfriend’s parents blamed Kailtyn for their daughter’s homosexuality. They waited until after Kaitlyn turned 18 and went to the police to have charges brought against her.

Kaitlyn was a highly respected student at Florida’s Sebastian River High School with good grades and participation in cheerleading, basketball and chorus. She was even voted “most school spirit.” Now she’s been expelled from school and is facing serious felonies - all because she is in love. If convicted, she could end up in jail or live under house arrest, will have to register as a sex offender, and live her life as a convicted felon.

Our family will do everything we can to stop these people from ruining our daughter’s promising life. This is unjust and unfair - and we need your help to stop it.

    Bruce Colton, Indian River County State Attorney
    Brian Workman, Assistant State Attorney
    Stop the prosecution of Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18 year old girl in a same-sex relationship.

    [Your name]

(Petition by Steven Hunt)

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pinkfloyd May 22, 2013 12:01 pm (Pacific time)

There are two sides to this story. First of all, whether lesbian or not is not an issue. The law came about, because young children could be coerced by older perverts, to keep it short. My question is, why cant our courts understand everything is not black and white? I have no problem with the situation here, and as far as I am concerned, any learned person thinks prosecution is a waste of money on this issue. I know of a 19 year old that had relations with a 17 year old. He loved her, she loved him..But the parents of the girl got upset and the 19 year old spent 3 years in the prison over near Aumsville. This is getting ridiculous. And another thing, I find some teens are actually smarter than some adults, depending on the situation. I hope the courts will understand common sense in regards to this situation. Are we now living in north korea?

DN May 22, 2013 10:16 am (Pacific time)

I think this is selective prosecution at its worst, and a clear example of bigotry. There is no question that there would not be such a high profile arrest and prosecution had this been a case of heterosexual lovers. The comparison of course wouldn't be one of an older teen boy, younger teen girl, but the opposite, an older high school girl, younger high school boy. I wonder how many times that combination has received this kind of vindictive approach by the state and the police. It seems to me they are trying to teach lesbians and gays "a lesson." I certainly hope the overwhelming national and international condemnation of what is being done to Kaitlyn pressures the state into dropping the charges. Her expulsion and government encouraged harassment by bigots is already damage enough for what I hope will be a very large lawsuit. Mentioning Salem or the Scopes monkey trial by comparison is hardly hyperbole, considering how far the rest of the country has come. If I weren't so outraged, I'd be laughing at how backwards and absurd it is for the government to be wasting tax money on this kind of witch hunt. It's time to stop the hate, it really is.

Anonymous May 21, 2013 10:56 pm (Pacific time)

Thats just retarded. More so when the age of consent is lower than 18 in most countries. Even certain states have slightly lower ages of consent if there is a certain age difference to that boy or girl. This will only make the parents look bad , to the point everyone will avoid them like the plague , due to the fear of being accused or sued. It makes you wonder what they were doing when they were teenagers at school. Probably bible bashing geeks that did not get laid until their mid 40's. So much for the land of the free.

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