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Florida teen fighting criminal charges related to same-sex relationship

Saturday, May 18, 2013

SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A Florida high school senior is facing two years of house arrest, probation and a lifetime as a registered sex offender after engaging in a same-sex relationship with another student.

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, a senior at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla., has been charged with two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 – 16 years of age” stemming from her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to arrest records.

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Hunt was arrested on Feb. 16 after her girlfriend’s parents filed a complaint with local police.

“She had a mutual consenting relationship with her girlfriend who is three years younger, and her parents had her arrested,” according to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith.

“This is about two teenage high school girls who were dating, and both consenting,” Smith told LGBTQ Nation on Saturday. “They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay.”

According to Smith, the two girls started dating when her daughter was 17. Hunt turned 18 on August 14, 2012.

Following the arrest, the Indian River School Board expelled Hunt based on the criminal charges, according to Smith, but said she would be able to participate in graduation and senior class events. She is completing her senior year at an alternative school, and has been ordered not to have contact with her former girlfriend.

Hunt faces the possibility of a 15-year prison sentence, but was offered a plea deal this week by state attorney Brian Workman, according to Smith.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Hunt would be sentenced to two years house arrest, and allowed to attend school or work only during that time, one year of probation and attend sex offender counseling. It would be at a judge’s discretion whether Hunt would be required to register as a sex offender.

“We have until next Friday to either agree with an outrageous plea offer, or start trial,” said Smith.

If Hunt rejects the deal, she would face a jury trial in the predominantly conservative Indian River County, and if convicted, would face up to 15 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Under Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” Law, an “offender” can petition the court to remove the requirement to register as a sex offender if the “victim in the case” is between 14 and 17 years old, “a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender,” but historically the law has only been applied in cases between heterosexuals.

A petition at Change.org is calling on the state’s attorney’s office to drop the charges against Hunt.

Hunt was unavailable for comment under the advice of her attorney.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the alleged victim’s age was 14 at the time of the incidents, according to the arrest record and Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.

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  1. wow…

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:42pm
  2. That could happen to any 18-year-old man dating a 15-year-old girl. In fact, it has.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:42pm
  3. What?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:43pm
  4. Yes, but they are not being arrested because of a same-sex relationship, which this girl /was/.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:43pm
  5. holy fuck. this is really stupid. That Rome and Juliet Law better apply to her.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:44pm
  6. 15 was not the age of consent. Lock her up. She is a sex offender by definition of Fl law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:45pm
  7. If this were a boy girl relationship 18 going with a 15 year old is against the law, then same sex relationship would be the same. I don’t care the gender or orientation, the laws are there to protect the young people from being exploited. Gay relationships are not immune to abuse.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:46pm
  8. Wha…..

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:46pm
  9. The charges aren’t against a gay person. The charges are against a statutory rapist.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:47pm
  10. This is BULLSHIT !!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:47pm
  11. They were two High School girls probably been dating a year or two…should there even be anything illegal about that? Lifetime as a registered sex offender? Really? that is seriously over-reaching!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:47pm
  12. OMG,,,SAD, LOVE IS LOVE.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:47pm
  13. She 18 lil jit is 15 lock her ass up…y yu want baby pussy anyways-_-

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:48pm
  14. did anyone actually read it? they got her by the throat on this one its statutory rape. It may have the underlying fact that she is in fact lesbian but it was with another girl that was lesbian

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:49pm
  15. Megan, ANY 18 year old having sexual relations with a 15 year old would face statutory rape charges, even if it’s a same-sex relationship. The reason Rachel brought up her comment is because the girl facing charges is 18 and had sexual relations with a 15 year old. She faces statutory rape charges as well as apparently a couple of other charges that stemmed from said relationship.

    She deserves her sentence by Florida law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:49pm
  16. It’s an anti gay actions hidden behind the law. They were together while they were both minors in high school so understand that before you judge her as a statchatory rapist.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:49pm
  17. Flat out double standard BS!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:49pm
  18. What right does the law have in this? If they genuinly like each other, then no one has a right to tell them they can’t be together.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:49pm
  19. this is bullshit! omg i got so pissed..

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  20. I can’t tell if you’re being serious. And I hope you’re not.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  21. Don’t warp the article, please.
    Any 18 year old having sexual relations with a 15 year old would face statutory rape charges, regardless of same-sex relationships or otherwise. This article title makes it seem like she was arrested for being in a same-sex relationship, which she was not.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  22. Where is the ACLU when they are needed, instead of the stupid shit they defend? Or how about the enormous number of $$$ that get donated to HRC giving this kid a helping hand???

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  23. What the fuck???

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  24. Oh my gosh none of you people know anything about this. The relationship occurred when Kate was 17.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:50pm
  25. Age of consent. Sorry guys, 18 having sex with 15 is illegal regardless of orientation.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:51pm
  26. Pedophile!!!

    Haha, no. Kids have sex. It’s a shame she’s in a mess

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:52pm
  27. They were both under the age of 18 when the relationship began. So please stop defending the parents who are pushing to destroy her. They’re both high schoolers and the parents went after her the moment she turned 18, so it’s a dick move!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:52pm
  28. It’s not something we don’t ‘understand’. If I am 14 and get into a relationship with someone 11 years of age and we continue our relationship until I am 18 and she is 15 and we have sexual intercourse, I would be a statutory rapist. It’s not that you cannot pursue a relationship, it’s that you can’t have sexual intercourse with someone of that age. A relationship at that age is still fine.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:52pm
  29. I’m torn between thinking this is seriously harsh, yet knowing the law and knowing that 15 isn’t the age of consent.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:52pm
  30. america – the land of the free – what a fake

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:53pm
  31. Correct. Hence why they are not being told they cannot be together. They ARE, however, being told that they cannot have sexual relations while the other girl involved is fifteen and not of legal age. Thus the charge is of statutory rape, not of ‘being in a relationship.’

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  32. whats that?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  33. this happens in straight relationships also

    she isn’t being targeted because she is gay

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  34. The parents waited until Kate was 18 simply to press charges. They dated for a while before hand. They couldn’t do anything so they waited until she as 18 then pounced. They have a Romeo and Juliet’s. law that would protect heterosexual couples in the same instance.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  35. unbelievable!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  36. ok-well-the law states anyone under the age of 18 is a minor-so-even though I’m an ally-i feel bad for this poor girl being arrested-but the same thing would have happened if it was an 18 year old guy-but they are just kids-she didn’t deserve to be arrested-and also-this is in a Southern state-and we all know what that means. We just have to keep sticking up for these innocent (and really-gay-straight-we all had sex before we were 18) BUT-they’re going to pick on this innocent girl because she’s gay-bottom line. And it IS really stupid.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  37. SMH at this state

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  38. Also I seem relationships between high schoolers like this but they didn’t go after the heterosexual ones in our area.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  39. “Under Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” Law, an “offender” can petition the court to remove the requirement to register as a sex offender if the “victim in the case” is between 14 and 17 years old, “a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender,” but historically the law has only been applied in cases between heterosexuals.”

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  40. This is ridiculous. Technically it is stat. Rape, but this is only brought to court for being lesbians.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:55pm
  41. not seeing why this is a LGBTQ issue.. are ‘we’ fighting for equality. this is equality

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:55pm
  42. That is so messed up. Would the parents have between ok with it if Hunt was an 18 year old boy?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:55pm
  43. When an 18 year old is still in high school, I don’t see what the big deal about it is. But while the parents of the 15 year old may be pressing charges BECAUSE she’s lesbian, the law is clear that ANY 18+ adult (straight or not) having sexual relations with a minor (17 and below) will be charged with statutory rape if reported. I may not entirely agree with this, but that’s just what it is. She’s being charged the same way countless adult males have been charged for having sexual relations with underaged girls. Being lesbian doesn’t exclude her from the law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:55pm
  44. The same sex relationship has nothing to do with this. If it were an 18 year old boyfriend and a 15 year old girlfriend the same charges would still apply, not that I agree with the charges or the situation, but this sadly is a normal result for any relationship. We’re making it out to be a big deal with the same sex involvement. Don’t let this situation still determine that gays and lesbians are being ruled out. This is an equal charge, sadly.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:56pm
  45. looks like its serious lol just ignore it! dont want to see what comes out when she gets going

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:56pm
  46. Florida still have old laws on the books about gay sex?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:57pm
  47. Seriously. People do need to take statutory rape laws more seriously, but this is ridiculous. She is not a sex offender, does not need sex offender treatment like some guy that rapes a woman in a parking lot or a father that sexually abuses his daughter, and she doesn’t need to be expelled from school or put under house arrest. For God’s sake, is there no more common sense left in Florida or Texas? or the Southeast? I doubt it is worth it to the state of Florida to spend the thousands of dollars it will cost the taxpayers to imprison or monitor this girl for years.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:57pm
  48. Nothing phobic here. 18 year olds should not be having sex with a 15 year old. Period. We should step away from this one

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:57pm
  49. Florida is one of 10 states that list the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse at the age of 18. However, it is legal for someone under the age of 18 to have any sexual contact with someone over the age of 24, so long as the two involved are married.

    A person cannot legally have sex if she is under the age of 16 in Florida. A person who is 16 can legally have sex with someone who is under age 24, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. These laws apply to both men and women, and to those of any sexual orientation. Confused yet? I am. Pretty vague laws here.

    Read more: Laws on Age of Sexual Consent in the State of Florida | eHow http://www.ehow.com/list_6495838_laws-sexual-consent-state-florida.html#ixzz2Tfz2KYUW

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:58pm
  50. only occurred while she was 17 or started then? doesnt matter when it started if its still going on or was.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:58pm
  51. Also, for those claiming that they went after her as soon as she turned 18 and that she is innocent because they were in a relationship prior as well: While this may be true that they were dating before, it is irrelevant. She wasn’t arrested for being in a regular relationship. She was arrested for being in a sexual relationship with someone not of legal age.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:59pm
  52. Underlying issues are at hand here. She was kicked off the basketball team before she was charged because the coach thought her relationship with the other girl would cause drama, not because she’s 18, but because it was a same sex relationship.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:59pm
  53. Here is more information on Kate and what happened. https://www.facebook.com/groups/192262314259128/?hc_location=stream

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00pm
  54. For one, learn how to speak as well as write English. Secondly, what if you were in that situation? The girls were in school together, so contact between the two was inevitable, the older girl just happened to turn 18 early within the school year. Now if this were between a heterosexual couple, the parents most likely wouldn’t make a big deal about it unless the younger girl became pregnant. It’s all about bigotry and hate, as well as the parents wanting for their daughter to conform to what they “know” is right and to have her live their dream, not her own.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00pm
  55. The fact it’s a same sex relationship is involved in this! The parents of the younger girl were offended that their daughter was dating a bi or lesbian high school student. So they’re using the convenient timing to attack her! Is it legally rape? Yes by the law but its hardly it. Was she raping this girl when she was 17 years of age? No but the moment she became 18 they used this to attack her. It’s abuse of the system.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00pm
  56. It’s like westboro. They legally can do the protests but its abuse of freedom of speech

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:01pm
  57. This shouldn’t be called abuse whether it is gay or straight. It’s ridiculous. They are peers. Are you and all of the people liking this statement stupid?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:01pm
  58. There have been plenty of heterosexual cases where the 18-year-old has been prosecuted not because of a lack of consent but because the younger person’s parents didn’t like them. It’s not fair, and there should be more wiggle room. But I have no legal say in that.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:01pm
  59. Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:02pm
  60. 18 is adult, 15 is not. We have rules for a reason.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:02pm
  61. Equally stupid.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:03pm
  62. I really think this is all because the parents of the 15 yr old found their daughter is either a lesbian or bi-sexual and they can’t handle it! Get over it and love and accept your daughter period. Petention signed!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:03pm
  63. Yeah and anal sex is still illegal in most states yet you don’t see police being called in on gay men or women having anal sex!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:03pm
  64. They are peers. Are you stupid?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:04pm
  65. And it shouldn’t happen to straight people either. They are peers.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:04pm
  66. Equality = no special treatment. The lgbt community should be happy she was arrested. That fact means people are finally taking lgbt equality seriously. The charges should be the same if it were a male and female, female and female, male and male. Hooray.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:04pm
  67. The article makes it seem like they are going after her because she happens to be gay tho

    and the age of consent exists for a reason

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:05pm
  68. Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:05pm
  69. If you’re over 18, don’t mess with anything under 18. I’m sorry, but it’s simple as that.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:05pm
  70. They are peers. This isn’t sexual abuse. I feel like slapping people like you that don’t see the difference.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:06pm
  71. the 15 year old is a MINOR ..this is WRONG…the sexual orientation does NOT matter. If guilty, she IS a sex offender…plain and sad.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:06pm
  72. The fact by law she committed a crime yes. But it doesn’t change that the younger girls parents are using this as revenge against the other girl. It’s law yes but is it right NO!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:07pm
  73. They are peers. She is not a rapist. Are you stupid?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:07pm
  74. You’re a retard. This isn’t abuse. They are peers.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:08pm
  75. That’s awful, hope she wins her case and can move to a better place.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:08pm
  76. I believe this is a simple case of homophobia. The younger girls parents don’t want to admit their daughter is gay or that the older girl “turned” the younger girl gay, which is rediculous. The heart wants what the heart wants. I personally don’t agree with children of any age having sex, but parents seem to over react to same sex relationships.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:08pm
  77. its not a matter of that. its a matter of how shit works and it sucks

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:08pm
  78. It doesn’t matter if they are peers, Neil. By law, it is statutory rape. The law (and science for that matter) shows that people 15 years of age aren’t in the correct mindset to pursue a sexual relationship with someone over the legal age of consent (which Kate is). It is a matter of law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:09pm
  79. I can’t believe how many of you are posting that this is abuse or rape. They are peers. This whole thing is ridiculous.

    Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/indian-river-county-state-attorney-s-office-stop-the-prosecution-of-an-18-year-old-girl-in-a-same-sex-relationship

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:09pm
  80. By law yes, but how often do you know of HIGH SCHOOL kids looking up their state and local laws before getting into a relationship? All they care about is being able to be with the person they love, I’m sure you were when you were in a relationship in high school. The only reason why the parents of the younger girl is making such a big deal about it is because they’re in denial of the fact that their daughter is gay, and that she was kicked off the basketball team because she is gay. So of course they are going to blame the first person that comes to mind, and ruin her life while doing it, because she is gay.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  81. Did she start dating the other girl when she herself was still a minor? I heard that she did. Does the relationship have to end when one becomes 18 while the other is still minor?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  82. It’s rather difficult to prove anyone is having coitus, unless someone mentions it as an area of concern and pushes to get it checked.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  83. It’s not bullshit…..15 is a minor.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:10pm
  84. It’s not a dick move. If the relationship continued AFTER one of the participants became 18…it’s still a crime no matter when it began

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:11pm
  85. Defending pedophiles now, eh LGBTQ Nation? You stay classy now.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:12pm
  86. Yes, the parents are rather cruel for abusing the system like that. It could certainly be argued that the parents are homophobic considering what they said on the matter. However, the charges still were found to be not in Kate’s favor and she became a victim of circumstance and angry parents. Not really grounds for release, but certainly grounds to be upset with those parents. She still will face the extent of the law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:12pm
  87. Peers or not, the fact remains that one was below the LEGAL age of consent. Does it suck? Yes. Does it happen to straight couples too when one is underage? Yup. And no, I’m not stupid. No need to insult people to make a point.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:12pm
  88. You’re a retard. They are peers. In no way is she a pedophile.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:12pm
  89. This is ridiculous !! They were BOTH under 18 when the relationship started!! This is just a case of “not my kid” parental stupidity!! Who’s it of anybody’s business to say who we can & can’t love?!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:13pm
  90. Why? If after the age of 18….she had sex with a 15 year old….It’s RAPE!!! Orientation doesn’t matter….Why would you defend that?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:13pm
  91. CRAIG YOU ARE A FREAKING IDIOT!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:14pm
  92. Did you read the whole article? I can’t imagine having to register as a sex offender while in high school, just because I’m dating someone a few years younger than me. It’s high school! While it isn’t a strictly LGBT issue, this shouldn’t happen to anyone. I can only imagine how many people in the generation before mine would be registered sex offenders if people were all over this type of thing back then. My mom dated my dad when she was a Freshman and he was a senior. It’s not like he was coaxing her into an alleyway, they had a relationship. A normal, high school relationship.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:14pm
  93. Terrible!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:15pm
  94. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. She had sex with a CHILD. At 18 years of age she is legally an adult and she should have known better. Its no ones fault but her own. If she were male she would still be charged with sex offender crimes. No matter how you try to spin it an 18 year old engaging in sexual acts with a minor is a crime in most states. No, this is not ok. I do not care if it is 2 girls or was 2 boys or 2 hetero kids, she took advantage of a child. Its disgusting anyone on this post would try to justify it or defend it.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:16pm
  95. True signs of the other girls parents are truly homophobes! If I was the 15 year old I’d stick both fingers @ my parents and move out.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:18pm
  96. i don’t think whats the big deal over a small by the way very small age difference. i think it the parents of the her girlfriend who did this to rion her life thats fucked upp homophobia can be a bad thing.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:18pm
  97. It doesn’t matter how close in age they are. If you’re 18 or older, you don’t touch a minor. Now, any other petty ad hominems you’d like to throw at me to proudly display your exemplary immaturity further?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:18pm
  98. They’re not even 3 years apart!! Who gives a F!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:18pm
  99. It’s not the ‘relationship’ she’s being charged for. It’s the SEXUAL part of it. My girlfriend is 15 and I am 18 but we do not engage in any sexual activity whatsoever. It’s not illegal for her and I to date. It WOULD be illegal if she and I were to have even consensual sex and I would be recognized as a statutory rapist in that case.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:19pm
  100. I fully understand that and can relate, but that still doesn’t mean that this isn’t ridiculous, especially them having been together before she turned 18. Not that I think they should have been having sex at all, I’m just saying this shouldn’t have such a severe punishment.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:22pm
  101. How the fuck do they know they had sex after her 18th birthday?! Did they film it? Do they have real proof? Or are they just blowing smoke up their asses? I ask you that!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:26pm
  102. Gay or straight this can happen to anyone. All that has to happen is piss off the younger persons parents. The consent issue hopefully will play a role in the outcome.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:27pm
  103. Craig Mitchell, are you stupid? They are peers. This isn’t abuse.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:27pm
  104. And why don’t they punish all high schoolers for this the moment one turns 18&another is under 18? It’s because they choose too when it’s convenient to them.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:27pm
  105. And fuck the “peers”. My so called peers allowed bullies to torment and scar me as well as others because the ones abusing me were well liked by the peers here. It’s unjust!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:28pm
  106. everyone is talking about rape but who really knows if they were having sex when she turned 18, since it’s her parents who are doing this i’m sure they are willing to say whatever just to get their “justice” and they can get away with it because no one will take into consideration what their own 15 year old daughter says and them saying kate “turned” their daughter gay just shows that majority of this is because of the SAME SEX RELATIONSHIP.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:29pm
  107. This is a must read. And if my son or daughter was in this position, they would NOT be in jail. They would be in my loving and accepting home and be able to go to a school of their choice freely, and be allowed to be exactly how ever they would like to be.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:30pm
  108. No, the headline is misleading. The girl is in trouble because she is 18 and her girlfriend is 15, not because they’re both females.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:31pm
  109. And you should be ashamed if you think she deserves something so brutal, knowing that you can relate to all of the stress caused by not being able to express your feelings for someone just because they’re a few years younger than you. Even if your approach is “Oh well, should have known better and waited like I am,” I can’t imagine that you really think she deserves this.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:31pm
  110. Oh I completely agree that it’s ridiculous. Perhaps the punishment is severe and I apologize for taking you as one of the ‘radicals’ in these comments. It is rather unfair to be charged at it, but the law does exist for a reason, I suppose.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:31pm
  111. oh i see…so underage sex….ok, that’s wrong then.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:31pm
  112. Neil, you’ve used this slur at least twice. Stop. You can make a sound argument without calling everyone else stupid or retarded. If you can’t, we have no reason to listen.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:34pm
  113. lol 15 gets you 20, gay staight, transgender, the law is the law. and yup it sucks her girlfriend parents hate her, well so do many parents of 18yr old men who are dating their 15yr old girl. welcome to equality.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:36pm
  114. If I hooked up with a 15 year old after I turned 18, I would have gone to jail. Why should this chick get off?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:37pm
  115. We allow the students Freshmen-Senior in the same schools. This is a sophmore dating a senior. Anyone else remember dating in highschool? Straight or gay, this has always been an issue. Yes, she is a minor. But this will continue to happen and be an issue if we allow adults and minors to be peers in the same schools. Which.. we will never change that. Maybe this would bed a good thing to bring up in sex-ed? Or do they even still teach that?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:38pm
  116. I really hope this Romero and Juliet law is applied here. If this was a heterosexual relationship, would this even be at issue? In High school one person is bound to be older and will certainly turn 18 first. What a mess. I really hope this law can be used in her defense. DEIGO it’s still an equality issue if the Romeo and Juliet law isn’t applied here. A STRAIGHT COUPLE WOULD BE UNFAIRLY PROTECTED IN THE ISSUE.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:38pm
  117. Neil Lorentzen we get it they are peers, we all know that they are humans too, the last thing we don’t want a person to type is repeating peers all the time. Craig Mitchell you are blind as a bat when it comes to knowledge.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:39pm
  118. i agree with all of you-i just think because she’s gay-they’re going harder on her

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:40pm
  119. This is bullshit!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:42pm
  120. She was 17 when they started dating. The moment she turned 18 the other girls parents went after her. It’s discrimination. Period.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:43pm
  121. That is exactly what this is about. The minute she turned 18 they went after her. Disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:45pm
  122. this is unbelievable!..completely wrong. what a fucked law. stupid states..this country is so backward. its embarassing.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:45pm
  123. Kathryn Stuckey, you want something to be outraged about in Florida, this seems more outrageous to me.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:45pm
  124. Yes she is being targeted because she’s gay. She was kicked off the basketball team fro dating a girl. And the moment the other girl’s parents could go after her they did. Because she is a girl.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:47pm
  125. My understanding of this Florida law is that if the minor is consenting, she can be as young as 14 if the adult is 18, 15 if the adult is 19, 16 if the adult is 20, 17 if the adult is 21, and if the adult is 22 or older then any minor is breaking the law.

    With consent, 18 and 15 is legal in Florida.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:47pm
  126. only against gays

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:48pm
  127. wow-we’ve got quite a conversation going-that’s good though-i still believe she was arrested because she’s gay. Yes-she DID break the law-but who are we to judge? And we’ve all broken some law in some way-it’s just sad (just like it would be in a hetero relationship) that 2 people care about each other-do what kids do-and unfortunately one is going to be labeled a sex offender.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:48pm
  128. i’m normally supportive of LGBTQ Nation, but i gotta say – this time you missed the boat. Her prosecution is NOT necessarily due to her homosexuality, rather, it has to do with the fact she is legally an adult and therefore engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Had this been a heterosexual couple, I would EXPECT the SAME legal ramifications. LGBTQ Nation…. now I’m going to have to closely watch the things you weigh in on …your bias and attempts to erroneously sway public opinion is BLATANT….. sad…. i thought I only had scrutinize FOX and Huff Post …. you’ve officially joined the fraternity of Tabloid News :(

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:49pm
  129. who has proof of them being sexual after she turned 18 ? by what the 15 year old girls parents say ? Yeah that’s concrete proof smh

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:49pm
  130. Romeo is a boy n Juliet is a girl against law. Both females aren’t against law. It’s bullshit. Did 15 yrs old girl’s parents asked her if she’s gay before 18 yrs old girl didn’t turned her gf became gay??? That’s soo excuses that the parents arrested an 18 yrs old girl for a being gay. Stupid law. That’s normal for teenagers in relationships at high school but the law is wacko.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:51pm
  131. Ignorant

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:53pm
  132. It’s not “discrimination” Lisa. It’s statutory rape.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:55pm
  133. Gi Brady…. You’re an idiot!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:56pm
  134. Two women cannot have intercourse, last I checked You idiots who feel this relationship is same as a heterosexual relationship are WRONG! Get a life and leave these two girls alone, her parents are stirring up hatred and they have lost her forever just for her being a loving person. How sad is that?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:57pm
  135. Um, this is a senior in a relationship with a freshmen. That happens quite often, regardless of the sexual orientation. This is ridiculous. If the 15 y/o was dating an 18 y/o guy, I’m sure the parents wouldn’t have done anything.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:57pm
  136. Btw, define “inappropriate relationship” Sandy Ungar?????? Women kiss and hug all the time, even from a young age, it is who we are!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:01pm
  137. So Dylan if it was a 26 year old woman and a 13 year old girl that “genuinely liked each other”, would you feel the same way? I remember being 18, there were some REALLY hot 15 year old chicks at my school but I knew it was a crime to hook up with one of them so I didn’t. Simple as that….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:01pm
  138. Only in Florida. Don’t ask me where I live. I’m ashamed.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:02pm
  139. Sadly, with sexual equality comes equality under the law. However, when it’s heterosexual, a third party (baby) may become involved, which is where the real immorality lies. This is simply horrid, she looks so sad, poor thing. Arrested for being in love. I hope she gets through this stronger.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:05pm
  140. It’s sad some will throw her under a bus like my school did with me because I was mentally disabled.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:05pm
  141. Daniel, lol Statutory rape? give me a break!! You really,really,really need to think about things before you print it……men rape

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:05pm
  142. This is so fundamentally wrong on so many levels

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:06pm
  143. 17 and 15 is legal people. She turned 18 and suddenly it’s illegal. Think for a second.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:06pm
  144. Actually some women rape. But they’re very mentally disturbed.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:06pm
  145. If they like each other, then yeah. A few years apart shouldn’t make a difference.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:07pm
  146. Ridiculous, doesn’t that state of confusion have better things to do?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:07pm
  147. Bs. Its a question of age here. Not gay.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:08pm
  148. Willim you make it obvious that youre a pedophile.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:08pm
  149. Cary, the law states that “intercourse” is rape, I know the law very well, plus you have to HAVE proof that it took place……
    So, if i move to Florida and my daughter in high school comes out and confesses her love for another high schooler (girl or guy) my first instinct is to call cops? What a joke!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:11pm
  150. When it comes to that, I’m sure it’s a matter of who has the stronger case and if there’s any danger that is posed from it. Typically she’d get release if the parents were all okay with it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, so she’ll probably fail at her trial unless she has a strong lawyer to defend her case. Otherwise the statutory rape charge still stands.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:12pm
  151. What is the age of consent in Florida? Isn’t that more what this is all about? OK, here is the age of consent… it is 18 in Florida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_America

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:13pm
  152. Who is, Trish?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:13pm
  153. Probably going to get a lot of backlash from this reply, but I can see it from both sides here. The law is the law, whether it was a homosexual or heterosexual relationship does not matter. I totally agree, the circumstances suck! However on this fine line, the other partner needs to have the consent of the parents even despite the fact that they were previously dating in order to avoid these ridiculous charges. An ex-girlfriend of mine had to ask her new partner’s parents for consent to continue dating their daughter because they had the same age difference as mentioned here. While they granted my ex permission to continue the relationship it was not so in this case, thus the girlfriend should have backed away from sexual activity until such consent was given (unlikely here), or waited until her girlfriend turned the legal age of consent. In light of the reasoning behind the charges, I hope that the judge can see this is nothing but a case of homophobia and does not destroy this young lady’s life. Best of luck to her and I really hope her girlfriend gets a chance to defend her in court.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:14pm
  154. It has nothing to do with it being a same sex relationship, it is a case of and adult dating a minor and that’s illegal, full stop.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:15pm
  155. She most likely admitted to having sex with the girl as early as 17 and 14. Is that still ok? What about 16 and 13? She is charged because of whatever she told the police or signed a confession to which must have met the statutory requirement. They probably wouldnt have had a case if she kept her mouth shut.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:16pm
  156. “What ifs and maybes” are peoples way of trying to justify their argument……”what if someone wants to marry their dog” “maybe they should have lied” “what if, what if, what if…….”
    No what if’s, it is what it is……..People of same sex get shit on All the time!!! If that were my daughter who is 18 and in love with a 15 year old girl, I would hope others could be so happy in this rancid, evil world of hate mongers!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:26pm
  157. We have stupid rules. 15 is a baby? YEAH RIGHT…

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:27pm
  158. Realize there is only three years between them. Realize many married straight couples have 20 YEARS BETWEEN THEM.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:29pm
  159. So how is it wrong for a 15 and 18 year old to be together with the years age difference and somehow okay for a 30 year old and a 70 year old to get married? Answer me this. A 15 year old has already gone through puberty and eve a 13 year old can say yes or no to sex. GOD DAMN!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:30pm
  160. But why are so few guys charged for having sex and fathering children with under age girls?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:31pm
  161. “Of legal age”. Absolute bullshit if I ever heard of it. Talk about a nanny state.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:32pm
  162. Well that’s pretty fucked up.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:32pm
  163. Randy, the issue isn’t that the 15 and 18 year old are dating. I am 18 and my girlfriend is 15. The issue is that they were having sexual intercourse, which is against the law even if there is consent behind it due to their age difference. Hence the term ‘age of consent’, which says “my mind is developed enough to make this decision for myself, knowing very well the repercussions of my actions.”

    I would not be okay with a 30 year old and a 70 year old getting married, but that’s just me personally. I have no say in that. They are both old enough to be aware of the decisions they are making, so by law, they have every right to do so. There is moral questioning behind that, but as I said, their minds are developed enough to know what they are doing. Hence why minors can get away with certain crimes that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Because the brain isn’t fully developed when it comes to determining right from wrong and the repercussions afterwards.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:34pm
  164. Pedophilia is an attraction to prepubescents. Not a person who turned 18 a week earlier having sex with and being attracted to their 15 year old girlfriend. Also, for those 16+, the person needs to be at least 5 years older than the *prepubescent child* they’re attracted to for that to be considered pedophilia. So, if a person is not a prepubescent, being attracted to them is not pedophilia regardless of how old you both are otherwise. And yes, the closeness in age matters if you actually want to talk about pedophilia and not whatever it is you’re trying to talk about. 18 year olds and 15 year olds, however, don’t fall under pedophilia in any meaningful way. Maybe in the way that some people have no idea what they’re actually talking about when they use the word pedophilia, but that’s just ignorance. Nothing meaningful.
    And depending on your state, an 18+ year old touching a minor is fine within certain cases. Here in Utah, a 16 year old can be with someone up to 9 years older than them without the two breaking any AOC laws. In Florida, a 23 year old or younger can be with someone who is 16 years old. So, uh, yeah. With so many AOC cases, the closeness in age DOES matter and they’re not so black and white that anybody 18+ years old can never have sex with anybody less than 18 years old. Many states AOC laws make exemptions where the participants ages are close. It does matter.
    (Clearly, as the partner is 15, Florida’s AOC laws don’t apply to her. This comment is just a criticism of your misunderstanding of pedophilia and AOC laws in general.)

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:36pm
  165. what!!!!!!!?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:36pm
  166. Anyone see something seriously fucked about jailing our children for their sexual orientation?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:36pm
  167. You don’t have to like the law; you don’t have to agree with the law. However, we DO have to follow the law, most laws (especially this one) are in state for very good and logical reasons, and you can continue to take out certain anger on me for your anger with aforementioned law, but it will change nothing. I am merely informing what the law is, what is stated, and now why it is in state and how “15 year old having intercourse with 18 year old” differs from “30 year old having intercourse with 70 year old”

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:36pm
  168. Really!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:45pm
  169. But, they were NOT together before she turned 18. The article clearly states that they began dating the first week of school and that the girl facing charges turned 18 the week PRIOR to that, a word that means before. She was 18 during the entirety of the relationship.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:47pm
  170. If an 18 yr old man had sex with a 15 yr old child he would be charged for Statutory Rape. Why shouldn’t the same apply to a 18 yr old woman having sex with a 15yr old child? If you want to be treated equal it has to be across the board.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:49pm
  171. Agree with a lot of the people commenting. The Law is the Law. I have issues with some of the strict penalties for this kind of small age difference, but it is what it is. I worked with teens a lot in the past. I’ve seen this happen to young men sadly with only a few years difference, in a ‘consensual’ relationship, where the maturity level was pretty much the same, and in most cases bc the parents of the younger reported……ending up serving a few years AND registering as a sex offender. I just don’t see what this case has to do with her sexual orientation?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:54pm
  172. I see a lot of people saying the relationship started before she was 18. I’m not sure if all these people are confused about the vocabulary in the article, but the word prior means before. So, when it is said that the two girls began dating the first week of school and that the girl facing charges turned 18 the week PRIOR to that, it literally means she had been 18 for a week before they became a couple. I personally feel that statutory rape charges against an appropriately aged high school student for dating someone in the same school as them is stupid, but to say they were both minors when the relationship started is simply untrue.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:57pm
  173. She is 15, she is a child, their child. If they don’t want THEIR child have sexual relations with and ADULT, then it within THEIR rights as the parents to press charges. In fact, it is their RESPONSIBILITY as PARENTS to press charges. If they don’t, and it is found out they knew they are therefore culpable.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:57pm
  174. And if it’s true Fla has the 15yr-19yr consent as someone mentioned below (?) then she should be ok in the end if the law is followed…

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:58pm
  175. First – What is the age of consent there? Second..if in fact the relationship started when both were minors and the girl’s parents had her arrested after she turned 18, then I agree discrimination. Third – The younger is described as “willing” let’s remember that. And for the guys.. I’ve known far too many situations like this that did go abusive.. I saw no metion of that here.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:00pm
  176. These laws apply in most States…..she’s not being singled out, this happens to MANY, MANY young men. It sucks and I also don’t believe an 18 yr old together with a 15 yr old is a sex offender, but statutory has nothing to do with consent…if you’re 18 you’re best off staying away from minors..until they have better, more fair laws around this that still protect our children from actual offenders.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:07pm
  177. Why do Schools have people that are considered Adults with Minors? Seems they need to stop doing that, or make rules that allow for those at the same school to be able to date without having to worry about bullshit like this.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:11pm
  178. Not anymore laws have changed some states say a 13 yo can have consent but it is Florida smh

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:11pm
  179. thats some BULLSHIT!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:12pm
  180. For those of you calling this rape..good god I sincerely hope none of you have children..for their sake….and fact is this is all because of their daughter being gay..did any of you read the article before you started writing nonsense..some of you are exactly what’s wrong with the world

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:19pm
  181. Adults can enter into a relationship together. A minor cannot consent. She is an adult and should not be in a relationship with a child. Period. If the parents only pressed charged after she turned 18 then she’s got a defense because they approved of it before however, by the letter of the law she is still guilty.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:20pm
  182. What happened to protecting and enforcing equally; applying consent equally?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:21pm
  183. I AGREE. That will FOLLOW her , her WHOLE life. I BROKE the law too when I was younger. My FIRST boyfriend was SEVERAL years older than I. Yes, my Mom COULD have pressed charges, but it was CONSCENTUAL on my part. It’s ALL done out of HATE & not the best interest of EITHER party. I feel for BOTH girls, especially the one with the parents, whose hearts are unlike love or ACCEPTANCE of THEIR daughter….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:28pm
  184. I having been in this same situation, disagree with the charges.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 3:32pm
  185. All this teaches is when you turn 18 you have to dump your girlfriend/boyfriend that’s younger or risk getting fucked like this. Pick and choose who to hold responsible in this kind of crime is targeting. The parents of the younger girl knew&hated the fact it was a same sex relationship. One day it’s a high school love the next you’re a pedophile. They chose to go after her the moment it became a crime because it was a lesbian/bi relation. If it was a straight man she was with I doubt they would have. The fact they did this is discrimination. But it’s “legal discrimination” the moment you’re 18&tge other younger.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:12pm
  186. Was she a sexual predator before her birthday?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:13pm
  187. All in one day. That’s all the time it takes to go from a couple to crime. If she was younger like 12 then yeah that’s creepy but they were two years apart. So many forget that and call her a sexual monster for that. Idky.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:15pm
  188. Every 18 year old in school are pedophiles if they’re dating a younger high schooler. Don’t forget that. Your sons and daughters are pedophiles as well then. Remember that before condemning her.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:16pm
  189. This could have been mediated by the parents. 18 is still adolescence. Adolescence ends at 22… legal consent doesn’t stop the psychology of being human.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:19pm
  190. … too bad her girlfriend’s parents had to be prejudists. Even if a person is gay or not, they realize in the long run and stick with their choice. — And what was she to do or say on her 18th birthday? “Um sorry I can’t see you anymore. I just turned 18 a few hours ago and that makes us unfit for each other…” Isn’t that a little awkward and weak?

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:27pm
  191. wake up…..they started the relationship underage….this is just another way for r olson to be a gay hater like the rest of the sick morons out there.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:36pm
  192. In my humble opinion the bottom line is this: I do not believe she should have to be labeled a sex offender for life. The sex was not rape, yes she is 18 & the other 15. And I know the laws are in place to protect our childern as they should be! I am a lesbian mother of a 3 year & my partner and I would do anything to protect our daughter! From what I have read concerning this case it sounds like to me, again this is my opinion, the parents of this younger girl are focused on the fact their daughter is either lesbian/bi-sexual. And therefore hell bent to ruin their daughters girlfriends life! Maybe by “throwing the book” at their daughters girlfriend, they think it might turn their daughter straight. AGAIN this is just my opinion! I just hope that this innocent act of young love doesn’t ruin this young 18 yr old life, that is all it was innocent young love nothing was force.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:42pm
  193. WTF?! really?!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:55pm
  194. @Carlos-The parents probably didn’t approve of the older girl dating their daughter. As much as you may think it’s prejudiced or over-reacting. The truth is, this is a textbook case of statutory rape. Like it or not….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:56pm
  195. @Karyn, you were just lucky that your parents liked your boyfriend but if they didn’t he would have gone to jail. You weren’t old enough to CONSENT legally….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:58pm
  196. @Lisa-Chances are the parents didn’t want the older girl dating their daughter from the beginning and I have no doubt that they expressed it to her. The older girl was stupid for continuing the relationship. If I was in a relationship with a younger girl at that age, the moment I heard the words statutory rape mentioned it would have been OVER!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:02pm
  197. @Neil-No we’re not stupid, we simply understand the law….apparently you don’t….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:05pm
  198. @Cary-This happens all the time with young men, they’re just trying to make an issue of this cuz she’s a lesbian….

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:07pm
  199. @Zachary-I was 18 my entire senior year and I made it through without dating any underage girls. It’s called SELF-CONTROL…..

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:12pm
  200. who ever made those laws in that State????!!!??? CHANGE THEM!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:26pm
  201. @Daniel Garcia I respect your opinion as I do everyone elses. But what I don’t undestand is wht you can’t respect everyone elses opinion??? Seems to me, and again just my opinion, why you feel the need to attack peoples opinions that differ from yours!!! State your opinion, read others, like if you agree and don’t if you don’t and move on. My wish for you is peace, understanding and respect for others you differ from your own.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:27pm
  202. Outrageous doesn’t half cover this.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:29pm
  203. While the ages of the two certainly come into play on this, I can’t help but believe much of this is because it was a gay relationship. I have seen this same thing all too often, where gay relationships are concerned. Yes, the law is the law and I support and respect that, but the applicatioonn of the law is motivated,all too often,by personal beliefs.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:36pm
  204. no symapathy at all, she was screwin a CHILD!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:39pm
  205. What a crock.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:39pm
  206. She’s 18 the girlfriend was 15. Her fault.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:51pm
  207. She’s screwed either way down there.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:54pm
  208. why does stuff like this always seem to happen in red states? hmmm

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:08pm
  209. Inbreedin and shotgun weddins! Wooweee!

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:09pm
  210. She is 18, her partner is 15 – it’d be exactly the same if the 18 yr old was a male. Now for inequality, if it was a female 18 yr old and a male 15 yr old, no charges would ever be filed.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:41pm
  211. Christ. If I could count all the straight girls in my old high school who dated men twice their age…

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:42pm
  212. Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:08pm
  213. Rape is rape.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:21pm
  214. If we gave her a break for being a lesbian that would make matters worse by outraging many straight people.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:22pm
  215. sigh!!!! 18 and 15. it is statutory, no matter the sex. I’m lesbian and my daughter came out not long ago. if she were 15 and a “predatory” 18 year old (male or female) came after her, I’d press charges.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:26pm
  216. so what if this 15 year old was getting to know herself? and apparently it was okay with her cuz they were girlfriends at the time..its not like she claimed that she was being sexual assaulted in anyway..

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:02pm
  217. You can make this about semantics and technicalities all you like, Sinny. It’s really a moot point, however, because if what this 18-year-old did wasn’t a crime under Florida law, a plea bargain wouldn’t have been put on the table. She broke laws. Call it pedophilia, call it whatever you want, it was a felony under Florida law.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:18pm
  218. Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 9:59pm
  219. This is why we need to recognize as many of the brutal challenges facing LGBT youth as possible, & hold events like pride festivals, to promote awareness in the general community.

    Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:22pm
  220. All of you harda**** buy too much into the 18th birthday! You people think 18 should be an arbitrary deadline, but I don’t care how good the reasons are for the law. They’re not well-crafted! The best intentions at heart mean nothing to me if the law is too poorly executed and easily abused! We should be protesting for reform of the laws, not hanging a petty violator up to dry! Those “very good reasons” are to protect children. That’s respectable at first glance. But then you have to ask: From who? Their own classmates or a middle-aged predator? They were supposed to design it to put away the real perverts, not ruin our youth’s futures!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:01am
  221. How can you think consensual sex between two adolescents within 3 years difference is JUST as bad as forcible rape of a young child by a 50+ year old predator?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:10am
  222. I wasn’t going from a moral standard. I was just stating the legal standard.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:12am
  223. To Bova: Existing for a reason does not imply being fair, well-drafted, or safe from exploitation. Nor does existing for a reason imply that people are safe from having it used against them on a whim. The bill was badly rushed and this is an example of the collateral damage brought about by vague wording in American law. What would you have us do? Keep all laws that “exist for a reason” no matter what kind of side effects they have? Or strive to minimize said collateral damage by reforming it time to time? Plus they still have a chance to spare this nigh-innocuous youth’s life if they just find it in themselves to pardon her! And the people who want her punished are not helping this situation.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:26am
  224. To Garcia: More like the 15-year-old’s parents are making their relationship a criminal issue because she’s a lesbian!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:28am
  225. Do you think that ALL 18-year-olds who have sex with 15 year olds are the worst of the worst amongst predators? Sure, they may be malicious, but I seriously doubt an 18 year old can reach the level of evil that an active serial predator exhibits.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:31am
  226. Um, hello! It’s glaringly harsh! Just because it’s the law doesn’t imply that it would do so much good to take everything away from her like a hardened criminal type.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:32am
  227. To Durocher: Reason for existing has no bearing on practical use. I support a new , more practical age-of-consent law, not the overbearing and draconian one you’re defending.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:33am
  228. My guess is they don’t think beyond the law being the law and think petty violators deserve just as harsh of punishments as prolific serial offenders!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:37am
  229. Yeah! If only our legislators would just smooth out those age of consent laws to make an overlapping interval system instead of a stroke-of-midnight deadline!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:39am
  230. Do you actually think they deserve just as harsh of punishments though?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:40am
  231. Not really.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:41am
  232. The sexual orientation was not the reason for the girl getting jailed. The sexual orientation was the motive for the 15 year olds’ parents’ crusade to prosecute the 18 year old for something that 18 year old straight couples routinely fly under the radar for.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:48am
  233. It has to do with her sexual orientation because the 15 year olds’ parents were out to get their daughter’s partner precisely because they were of the same sex, and that was the parents’ motive to press charges rather than let it slide. Plus, if it were a straight couple, the 18 year old could’ve gotten pardoned, or at least a slap to the wrist, under the Romeo and Juliet law, but R&J is a privilege reserved for straight youth only.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:51am
  234. To Garcia: Is the law really worth so much for you that you’d support a cruel and unusual punishment against a relatively petty violator?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:53am
  235. And you’re right @Daniel. What irks me is that they waited until she was 18 to press charges on her. The fact that they’d been dating before should have influenced the parents on how to go about breaking off the relationship. Waiting for her girlfriend to turn 18 was a cheap shot. There’s something else behind it. And the fact that they can brand her a sex offender is even more outrageous considering they’re peers in the same school.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:12am
  236. We support all Victims of abuse and bullying however this case is absurd! It is clear that today more than ever before the ability to gain meaningful knowledge about sexual health and sexual awareness is accessible to all youth than ever before. Informed mutual consent and not sexual “exploitation” is paramount. How many heterosexual persons of similar age “17 and 18 years old” have engaged in mutual sexual relations where both consent and it is deemed acceptable. While American and world history accepted this as common practice in many states and countries in their history it is shunned here now and in some cases such as this where same sexes are involved it is clear that this is tainted with the obvious taste of same sex gender discrimination! Further as reported “According to Smith, the two girls started dating when her daughter was 17. Hunt turned 18 on August 14, 2012.” This is NOT Sexual exploitation but same sex Discrimination by the State of Florida! ;o(

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:28am
  237. Romeo and Juliet law. Please read the article…

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:04am
  238. scary

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 4:13am
  239. While I disagree with the law and agree with Neil, these are peers. Yes, as soon as the one becomes of majority age the sexual aspect of the relationship MUST stop until the other reaches the age of consent. Doesn’t matter if they have been sexually active before that time or not. Under the law she has committed a crime. I do think that the “victim’s” parents may well have been motivated to file the complaint based on their daughter being in a lesbian relationship, but under the law this is not the distinction. Neither is it why they are prosecuting her. Eighteen year old boys are arrested and prosecuted every day for this exact same offense against their longtime girlfriends. Why should this young lady be treated any differently? Because she is gay? No, unfortunately she shouldn’t. Should the law be modified to allow such relationships between 18 year olds and 15 year olds? Maybe.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:58am
  240. According to this site http://www.ageofconsent.com/florida.htm the crime could only have occurred when the other girl was under 16. A sixteen year old is not allowed to have sex with a 15 year old, but a 23 year old can have sex with a 16 year old. Strange, but it is what it is.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:23am
  241. Florida very backward & outdated.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:40am
  242. To A Maybe: In the meantime, some of our higher-ups should be pardoning cases like these until the law gets changed. In fact, why not clear the names of other 18 year olds in this situation retroactively? Because society isn’t better off with their names on the list, let alone a federal no-hire list.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:50am
  243. Inequallity because although many people say age does not matter this girl is not mature enough. The 20 year old can wait for her to at least turn 18.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:41pm
  244. WHAT?!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:23pm
  245. Sigh

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:24pm
  246. their page went viral n crashed yesterday…sign!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:24pm
  247. Please sign the petition going around. It is on my timeline. Ty.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  248. You go Florida, and yet people claim they’re SO accepting.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  249. Unbelievable.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  250. Crazy as fuck smdh

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  251. Outrageous!!! They’re both still high school students & the parents pressing charged are homophobes. sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:26pm
  252. How do you MAKE someone gay? Smh. People are so ridiculous

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:26pm
  253. crossing my fingers hoping for good things to come, good luck kate!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:28pm
  254. Actually, she’s charged with statutory rape because she had sex with someone under 16 which is illegal under Florida law. I agree with the sentiment that the law is extremely selectively enforced which basically eliminates any sense of justice.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:29pm
  255. People need to understand that the laws are not to be abused because you don’t agree with how a person chooses to live their life. You can’t press ridiculous charges because you don’t like that your daughter (or son) is gay, it’s assinine and I seriously hope, for the sake of Kaitlyn, and real justice, that she is found not guilty because this is bogus.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:31pm
  256. Well shit, this sucks. The reality is if the 18 year old were a male instead of female the charge would still be the same. I’m not in her shoes, but I’d take my chances with a trial and appeal rather than agree to register as a sex offender. This really sucks… To all 18 and older, NEVER DATE A MINOR, gay straight or anything in between. Parents can be vicious…

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:31pm
  257. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:34pm
  258. I’m lost. is she being charged for underage sex or same sex or both?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:34pm
  259. I’m so ashamed of this state.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:37pm
  260. she just turned 18 and the sex i think happened when she was 17 from the sound of it and both sets of parents knew of the relationship and the younger daughters parents never came to the elders parents and acted when she turn ed 18i

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:38pm
  261. from what the charges are, it looks like shes being charged with having sex with a minor

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:39pm
  262. :/ this is horrible!! Highschool kids are ALWAYS experimenting, AND gosh come on, it’s now ok charge a teen as a SEX OFFENDER because s/he is gay or lesbian? I hope the ACLU picks this up. Terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:39pm
  263. Actually I’m thinking if the defendant were a male the parents wouldn’t be making charges cause that would mean their daughter was straight :/
    Parents… Please accept that there comes a time when you are no longer making their decisions. Especially who they choose to have relationships with.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:39pm
  264. the deal with the charges pressed on her is that she had sex with a underage girl, this has nothing to do with the fact is a same-sex couple, it has to deal with the fact that their ages are 18 and 15, and no matter what state your in, that is statuary rape, due to age.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:40pm
  265. Good for her. All of you people upset about this are fucking stupid. There is a reason it’s illegal for 18 yr olds to date 16 year olds. The only reason this is a major story is because spinsters like to point out that it wouldn’t happen to a straight couple, and that isn’t true. Stop bringing this shit up. It’s illegal get the fuck over it.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:42pm
  266. dumb ass

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:43pm
  267. thank you

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:43pm
  268. In a few years, the age difference would be nothing. Why is young love illegal? Seriously.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:45pm
  269. I do not agree with what the other girl’s parents did by deliberately waiting until the older girl crossed the 18-yr old threshold, but it was their right as their daughter is still a minor. If I was THEIR daughter, I would seek emancipation and drop the charges being pressed in her name, but that might not be granted, or come in time. But the bottom line is that dozens of opposite-sex couples face this hurtle every year where there is this extreme an age difference.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:46pm
  270. The gist of it is that she was in a sexual relationship with a girl 3 years her junior. Her parents disapproved, but couldn’t do anything until she turned 18, at which point they are now charging her with lewd and lascivious battery because her partner was 15.

    There is a Romeo and Juliet law that would save her from this bullshit, but it isn’t applied to homosexual relationships apparently, which is the real clusterfuck. That her parents are basically forcing her into the sex offender registry for being gay.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:47pm
  271. while it never states in the article how the charges came to be, if it was because the parents are homophobic or if its due to the fact that the law was broken and the parents decided to report it, it’s not known here, so calling the parents homophobes isn’t right. even though they both are high school students, one is 18 and one is 15, Florida law states that is illegal. it shouldn’t have happened, but it did. the law applies to everyone, and everyone equally. the parents are within their right to have this taken to court.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:48pm
  272. bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit, bullshit all day long…

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:53pm
  273. Actually, from the stories I’ve heard, the parents filing the charges are doing so because “she ‘made’ [their] daughter gay.” Even if it was on the statutory counts, according to Florida’s “romeo and juliet” law, she’s not guilty of statutory because she’s still technically a teen. I for one am glad this loophole has a patch because the way it stands, a couple who have been intimate prior to either being over 18 gives a parent a way to completely ruin another teens life simply to break them up for a petty reason, in this case it is homophobia. I don’t care if they want to call statutory all the way to the court, they’re manipulating the system to ruin a person’s life. That’s an abuse of the justice system and I for one am on Kaitlyn’s side because a simple loophole is going to ruin her life because of who she loves.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:53pm
  274. You’re right, of course. The thing is, those laws are in place to protect minors from predatory 30-year-olds (picked a number at random), not from a girl just turned 18 who is still in high school! This seems like a total misuse of the laws.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:54pm
  275. Poor girl, there’s a petition on change.org to get her off and I signed it, I encourage everybody else to do the same. The younger girl’s parents didn’t seek criminal charges until the older girl hit 18 and claimed they were only pressing charges because this girl ‘turned their daughter gay’. I can only hope that everything turns out for the best.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:55pm
  276. If the Romeo and Juliet law weren’t discriminatory against homosexuals, which it appears to be, then the poor girl could be saved from all this bullshit. Do her parents WANT her on the website people check when they buy a house?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  277. wow, if they been dateing since she was 17 and both are in high school why does it matter? hell I know a 20 year old who knocked up a 15 yr old think hes in jail or being charged NO! this is bullshit I hope they drop charges.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  278. Were this a guy, he’d get off with a wrist slap. The real issue here is LBGT discrimination.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  279. In another article James it states that the parents replied the reason they reported her is because she ‘turned their daughter gay’, so yes they are homophobes.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  280. Almost got caught up in the same situation, except she and I were in college. That’s right, college. You don’t want them mingling with us, don’t send them to a campus crawling with consenting adults and think that they’re not going to be fair game, within reason. And don’t complain about how we’re turning them gay; they do have their own thought, emotions, and oh yeah, HORMONES. -_-

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:56pm
  281. thanks Jennifer and James thats what i thought and think too . . .

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:57pm
  282. It IS true. It’s the Romeo and Juliet law that isn’t being applied to her, because the relationship is homosexual.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:57pm
  283. Felony huh? Way to go Florida. I was in Florida one time and all the people drove like assholes and there was an old engine block on the side of the highway. I think you guys got other issues to deal with besides who people decide to have relations with.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:59pm
  284. she was 18 the girl was 15. shes a adualt making her a pedofile. the crime was not being a lesbian, it is she was in a relationship with a minor i hope shes convicted.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:59pm
  285. They were together legally before she turned 18 which after turning 18 causes it to be illegal… is this correct???
    What about the word “consensual”….??
    If the younger girl is consenting now & has been, I truly hope this case gets dismissed.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8:59pm
  286. THIS IS A VERY SAD CASE. THE ONLY REASON THEY ARE PRESSING CHARGES IS THAT THEIR DAUGHTER IS GAY. BUT, THAT IS ALSO THEIR RIGHT SEEING THE GIRL IS CONSIDERED AN ADULT. FACE IT, IF SHE WERE A GUY WOULD YALL BE SOO FORGIVING?
    MAYBE IF THEIR DAUGHTER WASN’T SO “FAST” & THEY HAD OPEN DISCUSSIONS WITH HER ABOUT SEX THEY MAY NOT BE DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE! WE CAN’T WEAR BLINDERS JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE HOMOSEXUALS!!!! HER BEST BET IS TO GO FOR THE ROMEO & JULIETTE DEAL. SHE SHOULDN’T BE PLACED ON THE PEDIFILE LIST BECAUSE AS Y’ALL STATED…THEY ARE BOTH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & I DON’T BELIEVE HER INTENT WAS TO PURSUE THIS GIRL BECAUSE SHE WAS YOUNGER OR DECEIVE HER INTO SEX. BUT, ONLY THOSE TWO KNOW FOR SURE!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:01pm
  287. In her state, hetero couples don’t have to, because of the Romeo and Juliet law. The age difference is only 3 years, the relationship is completely consensual except for the age of consent technicality. This would reduce or eliminate criminal charges for her if the relationship were straight, which makes this a clear-cut breach of civil rights

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:03pm
  288. This high school senior should be considering being able to take her girlfriend to her prom instead of worrying about being charged as a sexual predator… Geez !!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:05pm
  289. Additionally, their relationship started when the older girl was 17.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:05pm
  290. People need to get over themselves. People can’t help who they love. I have 2 daughter who are both gay and they are both in meaningful relationships. I would rather that than a boy who would get them pregnant and leave them or a boy who would be emotionally or physically abusive. Homophobic parents should really get a grip and love their children for who they are. Not who they think they should be.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:07pm
  291. I’ve only seen that they were in a relationship, and the parents were convinced she was coerced into lesbianism. Some folks don’t push the sexual side of their relationship; perhaps this girl hasn’t even DONE anything.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:07pm
  292. I think it’s despicable that she’s in any trouble at all. It should not be an issue if an 18-year-old and 15-year-old are in a consensual sexual relationship. Her parents clearly object to her homosexuality, NOT the age difference, so they want their daughter to be a registered sex offender just because she’s gay.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:10pm
  293. My daughters father was 17 and I was 14 when I GOT PREGNANT. Did my father have him arrested & charged..?? No. Cause he realized that there comes a time where kids are making their own decisions and parents just need to accept & be supportive as they can. Yeah… He wanted to but also knew it wasn’t gonna help cause I consented. again, parents please… Learn acceptance with your children.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:10pm
  294. She just had her birthday, Mark!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:10pm
  295. Would you feel the same way if Kate had been an 18 year old boy?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:10pm
  296. kez she should still have known better and i hope she goes to jail. gay don’t give you the right to prey on minors

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:11pm
  297. Here I’m still wondering why this article was even written.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:12pm
  298. this is not a case of homophobia this is a case of making choices, and she made the wrong ones

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:15pm
  299. How can this not be a case of homophobic parents taking advantage of the laws of consent?? The parents are Blaming the girl for “making their daughter a lesbian/gay” it however then worded it. I hope that if there’s a trial the younger girl sets the record straight & puts her parents in their place.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:21pm
  300. Are People actually aware of how many young relationships have an “illegal” age gap that go unreported yet are consensual??? Think about this… Please.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:27pm
  301. Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:30pm
  302. :-(

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:38pm
  303. She was sixteen when they started dating, only a year older than the other girl.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:40pm
  304. as i said, in this article it didnt state that, which still makes my point valid, you dont call someone homophobic because of the information presented in just this article. with the additional information that in another article that the younger girls parents said the reason they pressed charges is because she turned their daughter gay, then that is a homophobic remark, but it still doesnt give anyone the right to call them homophobic. even if the relationship started when she was 17, she turned 18 and the law states that sexual relations between a 15 year old and a 18 year old is illegal. does that mean that just because they started their relationship before this law took effect that they should still be allowed to continue? no, they need to follow the law. they knew that having sex after her 18th birthday would be illegal, but they continued anyway. the charges should stand, but the sentence that they are trying to force on her is too much, give her some community service and a few months or house arrest and call it a day. going to jail for 15 years and being labeled as a sex offender isnt going to do anything other than ruin a persons life

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:44pm
  305. I was thinking the same thing, Alli.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:49pm
  306. If this is as her mother says, then damn this is terrible. But it might be that she actually is guilty of molestation. That’s not unheard of. I hope her mother is right though. That way people can see how fucked up our homophobic culture is.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:51pm
  307. still, with the parents filing this case due to the fact that they dont like their daughter dating another female doesnt mean anything, she is still underage, and that is what the court is going to go with, a 18 year old with a 15 year old. the parents motives only got this into the court system. is it right that they did that for that reason? no, but the fact remains that the law was broken.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:59pm
  308. Wtf

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:03pm
  309. Ok, there are so many parts to this. As far as homophobic attitudes being involved? Probably yes.

    The other parents brought the crime forward to authorities because they did not want their daughter in a homosexual relationship.

    The law is not a homophobic law, as it is intended for all adults choosing to be in a sexual relationship with a child under 16. There were parents in my high school that pressed charges agains boyfriends when the turned 18. As I said before, parents can be vicious. The fact is that the older girl broke the law when she turned 18 and didn’t break off the relationship.

    Is pressing charges the right thing to do? I don’t believe so. This law is intended to keep predators from taking advantage of children and very young adults. These young girls were in a consensual relationship, and therefore not breaking the spirit of the law.

    As far as molestation? I have no fricken clue where that even came from. These are two young girls who have been in a consensual relationship. No molestation involved.

    Bottom line, know the law and cover your ass. Hopefully this young woman can get through this with minimal damage to her record. I hope she opts for a trial, and if she gets a conservative judge who tries to stick it to her, then she needs to appeal. Keep appealing until someone with a heart hears the case and rules in her favor. Just so shitty….

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:05pm
  310. That’s actually untrue. My boyfriend and I are 3 years apart in age, and we started dating at 17 and 20. My parents were hesitant at first, but we’ve been dating for coming up on 3 years now with nothing more than mild teasing about him cradle-robbing. The situation is ALWAYS different when same-sex relationships are involved.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:07pm
  311. Do you plan on linking it? It’s impossible to find stuff on there..

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:09pm
  312. WHY ARE YOU YELLING? The caps lock button is right below the tab button. I recommend turning it off.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:10pm
  313. WAT. There are flex years in all states. My boyfriend and I have a 3 year age gap, and it was still legal for us to be in a relationship. Learn your law before you get all heated.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:13pm
  314. And it’s BS that the Romeo/Juliet law isn’t applicable. That’s how my boyfriend and I were able to be in a relationship, and I don’t know where I’d be if it had been illegal for us to date!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:15pm
  315. kelly actually theres not this is pedophilia and not homophobia and she belongs in jail. to let her go for being a lesbain will reinforce the myth gays want specail rights. being a gay man i say lock her in jail where she belongs.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:18pm
  316. Did you not pay attention to where I assumed as if the homophobia wasn’t a problem and stated the romeo and juliet law in Florida, It prevents a person from being labeled a sex offender as long as the “victim” is between 14 and 17, and the offender is no more than 4 year older. The “victim” is 15 and the “offender” is less than four years older, therefore the romeo and juliet law protects Kaitlyn and thus charges should be dropped because it is an abuse of the system. The romeo and juliet law is meant to defend people from this loophole.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:22pm
  317. That’s why there are Romeo and Juliet laws. The rape laws (she’s not even being charged with that, it’s lewd behavior with a minor) are written to protect young people from adult/much older people.. Not peers. This would be a total non-issue if it weren’t for the fact that the parents of the younger girl can’t cope with the lesbian factor.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:23pm
  318. Florida needs to get with the times … holy crap its 2013.. there is worse offenders out there like the assholes that truely are sexual predators. … Florida… your ass-backwords….. get with it .

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:24pm
  319. P.s take your own advice. that 3 year law, is for minors not adult minor relationships.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:25pm
  320. Fact. She is 18. The girl she was having sex with is 15. I am sorry but I am one for equality. And if this happened between a straight couple that 18 year old guy would def be arrested too. If it isn’t okay for straights it’s not okay for gays either. This isn’t a crime against the relationship. This is a crime against underage sex. So quit making it out for what it isn’t.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:25pm
  321. If you didn’t do any research, or try to read any other articles, that’s not our fault. The parents of the younger girl are acting in a homophobic way. They are trying to ‘straighten’ their daughter out, by showing her the results of her ‘sinful’ ways. The older girl isn’t being charged with rape, or even with underage sex, she’s being charge with lewd behavior with a minor.. WTF is that? Oooh I know.. it’s a nifty catch all because there’s not a shred of proof that those girls did anything beyond hold hands, and maybe kiss. When holding hands and kissing is grounds for calling in the police, It’s homophobia.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:27pm
  322. And.. if you read other articles pertaining to the situation, the older girl cut all ties, as ordered by the judge, Then was charged again, even though she’d done everything the judge ordered her to do..

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:28pm
  323. This is not about gay right, its about an 18 year old engaging in an illegal relationship with a 15 year old. We are to be pushing for equal right not special rights. If she was an male, she woudl be charged so its only right that she be charged. Its being treated as an equal. If we start pushing that she being missed treated for being gay, are we not then demanding special rights.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:31pm
  324. That’s fucked up. I hope she doesn’t take the plea!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:32pm
  325. thank you for sharing this..again!

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:36pm
  326. Not all laws in all states are created equal. Please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_America#United_States

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:44pm
  327. ya got that right Allison. and kelly h. 16 is most usually the age of consent so you were of age.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:48pm
  328. And people wonder why I think some of the laws regarding age of consent in this country are so fucked. If you’re going to have ADULTS (legally) in HIGH SCHOOL with “children” (legally) then STFU when they start dating each other. It’s effing ridiculous. I was a freshmen dating a senior and no one thought of it as being a ‘criminal act’ to do that a decade ago. This is effing stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:56pm
  329. WTF!?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:57pm
  330. They are both in High School. This is not an ADULT taking advantage of a CHILD. They are mentally and socially in the same peer group.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:57pm
  331. Mark, you’re an idiot. First of all, she’d be an ephebophile, not a pedophile. Pedophile means you’re attracted to pre-pubescent children (usually 12 or younger), which this is a teenager who is pubescent. NOT the same thing. Secondly, YOU DON’T STOP LOVING SOMEONE YOU’VE LOVED FOR A YEAR, JUST BECAUSE MIDNIGHT ON YOUR 18TH BIRTHDAY HITS. They are BOTH in High School, they are mental and social PEERS. This is NOT an ADULT who is taking advantage of a much younger CHILD. These are two teenagers. God, you’re a dumb fuck. Do you HONESTLY think that something MAGIC happens at 12am on your 18th birthday that makes you suddenly, overnight, just oh-so-much more ‘mature’ than you were an hour ago, that suddenly being attracted to someone a couple years younger makes you ‘sick’? You’re fucking stupid, and I hope you never breed. You are part of the idiocy that ruins this country. COMMON FUCKING SENSE, MARK… HEARD OF IT?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:04pm
  332. have you shes a adult, the girlfriend is a minor she belongs in jail period. now wtop replying till you become human and thinkinjmg being gay intitles you to molest minors it dont.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  333. stop thinking*

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:08pm
  334. BULLSHIT. I was a 14 year old girl dating a second time high school senior, who was 19, and no one said one fucking word about it. In fact, there are A LOT of times that freshmen or sophmores date seniors. These are mental and social and emotional PEERS. This girl isn’t going to stop loving the girl she’s already been dating a YEAR (which is forever in HS) just because midnight on her 18th birthday hits. This is why there are Romeo and Juliet laws for relationships that begin BEFORE one party is an adult legally in other states.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:08pm
  335. Oh, and if you think teenagers having sex is ‘criminal’ then we should probably lock up at least 75% of all teens. BE REALISTIC. Teens have sex with each other all the time and this 18 year old is still in HS… DON’T HAVE 18 YEAR OLDS IN HIGH SCHOOLS if you’re going to say they can’t date ANYONE that isn’t also 18 at that high school, because that rules out about 90% of the rest of the population. If you’re still in HS, you’re not an ‘adult’ yet, SORRY. NOPE. Add to that that they started dating when the older girl was 17. These parents are just being bigots who sat around and waited until the older girl hit 18 to finally ‘punish’ her for ‘making their daughter gay’. Do you really think they’d do the same thing to a BOYFRIEND that had been around a year?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:12pm
  336. I just want to sit back and laugh at how up in arms all of you would be to know that my mother started dating my father when she was 12 and he was 20… and they’re still together to this day. My dad wasn’t some perv who liked kids, he loved my mother, despite of, not because of her age… Oh, and SHE wears the pants in the relationship and he basically worships the ground she walks on and does whatever she says. It’s always been that way. Some of you have such narrow minded views. Like 18 is some MAGIC number where suddenly you’re mature and any relationship you have with someone younger would just AUTOMATICALLY being ‘taking advantage’. People mature at different rates. This 15 year old could be MORE SOPHISTICATED than this 18 year old. You don’t know, so STFU.

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:17pm
  337. Petition here: [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.]

    http://www.change.org/petitions/assistant-state-attorney-brian-workman-stop-the-prosecution-of-an-18-year-old-girl-in-a-same-sex-relationship#

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:48pm
  338. @mark it clearly stated that she was 17 and the girl was 15 she had recently became legal as an adult but they were already in the relationship to begin with so how did she make a wrong decision? I think your being naive to look at the facts of the case anyways this is petty to my knowledge

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:54pm
  339. Nice to see people acknowledging that the execution of a law is isolated from the spirit behind it. Anyone remember the sodomy laws in GA which law enforcement publicly assured everyone that they’d apply only to homosexuals?

    Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:54pm
  340. It’s Normal For Teens (Gay Or Straight) To Explore Their Sexuality, Back Before The Age Of The Internet & Cellphones. Teens Were A Little Smarter Then, They Wait For The Parents Go Away For The Weekend Or Drive Out To The Middle Of Nowhere To Shag Or Have A Party. The Only Time They Get Caught Is If, Their Parents Come Home Early Then Excepted Or Someone Ratted Them Out. However, The 18 Year Should Have Know Better & Waited Til Her Girlfriend (15 Years Old) Turned 18. Then The 15 Year Old’s Parents Couldn’t Throw The Law On Her. Though Two Girls Must Have Know, That This Would Happen. If Word Got Out That They Had Shagged, I Say It Was Poor Judgement On Both Their Parts.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:16am
  341. This poor young lady. This is just awful. Please make sure to sign the petition on Change.org

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:33am
  342. love [luhv]
    noun
    a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Hello people wake up and by a f@cking dictionary.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 1:30am
  343. I am imaging a fantastic lawyer coming to her defense and some sanity coming to her rescue.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 1:56am
  344. << just looked it up. That Bullshit should get repealed.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:25am
  345. Well she Broke the law…….EVERYONE knows a 18 year old Should not touch a 15 year old. now if this was a male People be blowing up saying YEAH YEAH lock him away! What a sicko. now thats its like this your all with it. WTH is wrong with people -..-. if you break the law Do the time.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:44am
  346. Ridiculous!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:28am
  347. If she is fighting the charges, I am fighting with her. Why? people need to stop the homophobia and stop using the “bible” as an excuse.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4:02am
  348. Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4:11am
  349. The younger girlfriend’s parents might be “out to get her”; I can’t say much about that without more informarion, but I think the real issue here is the law itself. I don’t buy for one second that someone was being “abused” in this specific case; they’re only 3 years apart in age. However, under the actual law itself, once she truned 18 at midnight of her birthday, she became an adult. So while this might have been a personal attack on this girl because of her homosexuality, the arrest and charges are purely legal issues. I think there should legal be exceptions for situations like these (and I don’t mean because of their sexual orientation)

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:12am
  350. I was going to say exactly what Allison said…yes, it sucks but change the sexes of the two…the charge would still be the same

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:23am
  351. Well… if she were a male the charge may be the same, but the only reason she’s being offered house-arrest and probation is her age and gender; a dude in that same position would at least see the county-jail… most likely he’d be headed upstate. I’m in Oregon, so IN THIS CASE it would probably not even result in a ticket, cause with 18-19 year olds the cops have a “three-year rule.” But yeah, wherever you are LOOK INTO THE LAWS AND POLICE PRACTICES IN YOUR STATE! It may save your life/dignity.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:33am
  352. idk this is a pretty sticky situation. maybe the parents don’t really care that their daughter is a lesbian nut their mad she’s engaging in stuff she shouldn’t be at such a young age.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:34am
  353. I just want to hear both girls tell me whats really goin on..Their story not the fucking system.. This blows

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:35am
  354. WTF?

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:49am
  355. And to say I live in this state, I am so scared now, I am dating a girl whom is 15 and I am 16 going on seventeen. Her parents are anti-gay and have no clue about us. This scares me, what if they find out and because I’m older than her, do this to me. That poor girl, wow, society makes me hate it more and ore each day. That’s a wonderful story to read with a cup of black sugar less coffee, *screams*

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8:31am
  356. This is blatant homophobia. If she had been a guy her parents would never done anything. They are homophobic and about to ruin this poor women’s life. The is a huge problem from the homophobic law makers. They are in a CONSENSUAL relationship, there is no crime committed. I would go to trial and then get the law erased from the books. Go sign the petition on change.com. Link in the article

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 9:19am
  357. And everyone should actually read the article. The older girl was not an adult when they started dating. The relationship was consensual between the two. The younger girls parents called the police because they accused the other girl of “lesbianism”. There is no turning someone gay. You are born that way. If the elder girl was a boy I bet that the parents would have been happy their daughter found someone with such a promising bright future, in the same peer group at school, who clearly cared for and treated their daughter with respect. The poor girl should go to trial and I hope that the court chooses smart people who will listen and dismiss this case as its unjust and should be illegal. They are consensual and gays/ lesbians are capable of loving and commutes relationships

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 9:36am
  358. *committed not commutes

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 9:37am
  359. Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:29am
  360. homophobic criminal action taken on love, taken out on this courageous young womyn.

    Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:16pm