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Fla. teen accused of sexual relationship with underage girl jailed until trial

Judge revokes bond for Kaitlyn Hunt for alleged contact with girl identified as the victim in her case
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A judge on Tuesday revoked bond for Kaitlyn Hunt, a Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg ordered Hunt to remain jailed until a trial, that’s so far unscheduled, and added a new charge to her court record — transmitting material harmful to a minor by electronic equipment, a third-degree felony, reported TCPalm.com.

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Kaitlyn Hunt

Hunt was charged in February with two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 – 16 years of age” stemming from the relationship, which turned sexual prior to Christmas 2012, according to her arrest record.

A plea deal that would have spared Hunt jail time and registration as a sex offender was withdrawn on Monday following allegations that Hunt had violated her pretrial conditions by repeatedly contacting the girl identified as the victim in her case.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” Pegg said in ordering Hunt held in jail without bail.

Hunt turned herself in at the Indian River County Jail Monday night, on the Sheriff’s Office charge of violating a court order to have no contact with the victim, a girlfriend from Sebastian River High School.

Prosecutors allege that Hunt has had almost daily contact with the underage girl, via an iPod Hunt is alleged to have put in the girl’s locker before Hunt left Sebastian River High School. Investigators said there were 20,000 text messages.

Hunt allegedly sent some sexually explicit photos via the Internet as well, according to court records.

Prosecutors also said Hunt’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, had been communicating with the victim — telling her to delete the texts so no one would find out.

Hunt’s story has received international media attention since first reported earlier this year, prompting gay rights advocates to say she is being unfairly targeted for what would be considered a common romance if she was not gay.

They have argued that older high schoolers dating their younger counterparts is an innocuous, everyday occurrence that is not prosecuted – regardless of sexual orientation – and not a crime on par with predatory sex offenses.

An arraignment on the new charge has been set for Sept. 23, at which time Hunt will be expected to enter a plea.

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  1. oh yeah lets lock up this young girl and throw away the key!!! freakin florida!!!! but you let women who murder their children and throw them away like yesterdays garbage FREE!!! We have to stop the insanity!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:36pm
  2. That is a joke in my opinion florida politician should really take charge of how tax payers money is being used..and shame on those parents of the 16 year old gf oh wait she be 14 forever poor kate is the only one whose aged..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:38pm
  3. tracy i agree and i´m in canada i find this outrageous

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:38pm
  4. I´m here in Florida and I agree with that comment, Tracey. Ugh. I hate being here. -_- The laws are so stupid.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:39pm
  5. This is a case of a freshman dating a senior. The younger girl is probably 16 by now… too bad the age of consent is fucking 18… nonsense

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:41pm
  6. Only in fucking Florida. I hate this ass backwards shit hole.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:43pm
  7. It´s also the parents´ fault. They are the ones pressing charges saying: “MY DAUGHTER IS NOT GAY” bullshit. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:43pm
  8. George Zimmerman walks free and this poor girl goes to jail. Florida continues in its fucked up track. We HAVE to clean house in 2014!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:44pm
  9. Leave the poor girl alone, holy shit! She´s gay get over it. Im.gay get over it! Fuck.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:44pm
  10. smh

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:47pm
  11. Well the parents are a. Joke whether she is or is bi or just confuse her parents now have most likely be made her a very depress young lady and probably be a very lonely one to…who would want to hang out with someone with parents like that just saying..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:47pm
  12. In case anyone is wondering why this is an LGBT issue, look up Romeo and Juliet law and the origins of these charges. The parents of the younger girl are homophobic; this trial would never happen had Kaitlyn been male because the law protects heterosexual relationships of that age disparity

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:47pm
  13. I think she has lost a great deal of support after people learned she had been in contact with the other girl in violation of the court order.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:48pm
  14. The girl´s parents are insane for pressing charges… your daughter was gay enough when she was in a relationship with this girl…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:48pm
  15. This is particularly harsh.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:49pm
  16. They need to leave this girl ALONE!! The parents of the other girl should be shamed of themselves!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:50pm
  17. Way to go Florida, as if, you´ve got NOTHING more important to take care of?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:55pm
  18. This is wrong on so many levels! The girl did nothing wrong. Why aren´t the authorities in FL arresting the 18 year old senior boys/girls who are dating – most likely having sex with – the underclassmen, less than 16 years old? Oh, that´s right, because they´re heterosexual relationships, and it´s okay if it´s heterosexual. Geesh!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:56pm
  19. While she shouldn´t have violated her parole, this is definitely pretty ridiculous. I dated an 18 year old when I was 16, and many of my friends had similar age gaps with their partners. It´s not something worth prosecuting someone over! This is ridiculous.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:57pm
  20. so cant marry or have same rights as others yet can be charged with same crimes hmmm. just the idea of it boggles the mind, cant seem to figure out ppl

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:05pm
  21. This whole thing just sucks.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:06pm
  22. Upworthy—someone needs to get the word out–she needs some help here!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:12pm
  23. sick way to treat our kids

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:12pm
  24. I AM LESBIAN

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:15pm
  25. People seem oblivious to the fact that the other girl is less than 16. A couple years is one thing. But what is this? Four or five years? Come on now, that´s statutory rape in all 50 states.

    And why is this on an LGBT site? Are they being targeted for being gay? Of course not! This it´s illegal regardless or sexual orientation everywhere in this country.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:15pm
  26. On top of that, she broke her parole. She´s an idiot plain and simple.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:17pm
  27. why is it so important to destroy this girls young life? She will never be the same. hopefully it will make her stronger.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:19pm
  28. Brandon, first the girl in question was 14 and they were dating when the accused was 17, they have since turned 15 and 18. Have you never dated someone 3 years younger than you?

    Second, it is an issue of being gay because the accused was targeted by the girlfriend´s parents, because they swear that their daughter isn´t gay and that the accused lured her into the lifestyle. They are the ones pursuing the charges against this girl.

    Last, this is a major issue gay or straight. Loads of teenagers date right around the age of consent and of adulthood. Their concerns need to be addressed outside of the context of sexual predators. It´s not the same thing, and they don´t deserve to be stigmatized for the rest of their lives because of a youthful romance.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:22pm
  29. this isn´t about being gay. this is about an adult fucking a 14 year old. if i had a 14 year old daughter and she was fucking ANYBODY over 18, regardless of gender, i´d be pretty fucking pissed. but since this is a same-sex relationship, we´re all supposed to wet our pants over it and cry for leniency.
    at what point do we draw the line? Hunt was only 18, you say. well, what if she were only 19? or 21? or 30? age of consent is age of consent, regardless of gender.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:24pm
  30. Just think, if she were a white collar thieving in the financial industry, she would have no worries. This makes me ill, but it is also frightening what they are doing to her.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:24pm
  31. I feel for her. But her girlfriend was still too young.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:27pm
  32. Oh come ON! I dated an 18 year old guy in high school when I was 16 and nobody batted an eye! My parents even knew about it and encouraged it because they thought I was going straight!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  33. Scott Mitchell..I´m a gay parent, and I would still have been upset if some horny 18 year old was hanging around and having sex with my 14 year old kid..I don´t care whether the relationship was straight or gay! A 14 year old KID is not emotionally mature enough to make an informed decision about having a “consensual” sexual relationship with anyone! There is a world of difference in the maturity levels of a 14 year old and and 18 year old! (When my kids were 14, they spent most of their time riding their bikes with their friends, playing video games, and were still watching Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel! LOL!) As I said before, I don´t think I would have pressed charges, but I WOULD have told Kaitlyn Hunt in No Uncertain Terms that she was too damn old to be hanging around with my 14 year old kid, and to go fuck someone her own age!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:32pm
  34. Cindy she was 18 having sex with a 14 yr old. they gave her a deal that she would do no jail time not have to register as a sex offended under the one condition she leave that 14 yr old girl alone. she sent 100;s and of texts and naked pics of herself to that child. Still think shes getting a raw deal? If this was a boy you would be calling for his balls in a bag so chill out shes getting what she deserves. Her parents are the ones who brought this to the media on the premise she was gay and being targeted. She was 18 and the girl was 14 enough said

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:34pm
  35. its only two years from what I have read no she should not a broke the prole but come on if they were straight and 22 and 24 no one would bat an eye

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:35pm
  36. Paul Cox explained it well, except for the being gay part. I don´t see the issue being biased as being gay. I would feel the same way if the accused is a guy. It doesn´t matter to me. There really should be an age exemption here. There are 40 year olds looking for 16 year olds to fuck over the internet and the court is wasting its time on THIS? This is High School drama. It´s not a phenomenon. It happens at a regular basis. I have attended 3 different schools since I arrived in the US, and I have seen this kind of scenario in ALL of them. I don´t know about other schools, but I know IT HAPPENS. Branding a 19 year old as a sex offender is such a waste of time, money, and her life.
    She´s an idiot for even doing this, but at the same time… really? A 19 year old having a trial for having a relationship with someone younger? RIDICULOUS.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:37pm
  37. All because the parents couldn´t deal with their daughter loved another woman, what awful people. They even waited until she was 18 to file charges.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:38pm
  38. Oh and Brandon, my girlfriend is SIX years older than me. I know married couples who are TEN YEARS apart. While ten years is a such an odd age gap, it just makes your argument irrelevant.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:40pm
  39. Actually she did do something wrong, she violated a court order, she should be treated like anyone else.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:41pm
  40. the age of consent in my province is 14. yes, 14. i live in ontario. however, i think an age difference of 2 years max is about all i would allow to be happening with my 15 and 17 year olds.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:41pm
  41. Florida…another reason why it´ll be a long time before I ever visit there! Home of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman…´nuf said!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:45pm
  42. This is wrong and shouldnt happen. The parents are in the wrong for doing this. But everyone saying that this doesnt happen to straight people are not correct. Yes there are alot of straight couples where one is under age and nothing happens. Just like there are countless gay couples who nothing happens to. Its the parents. And there are parents of young girls who press charges against the boyfriends when the boyfriend is over 18. I had a very good male friend who was with a 15 yr old and the moment he turned 18 the parents went after him because they didnt approve and he is now a registered sex offender. Its horrible gay or straight and the laws need to be changed so if there is consent the age difference needs to be considered and not just whether someone is over 18. This is not a gay issue. Yes the parents did this because its another girl but parents do this when its opposite sex couples also. This is not gays against straights because if we really looked at it. Im sure more straight boys have been charged for dating girls 3 yrs younger then them than any lesbians. Not fair either wat

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:49pm
  43. way*

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8:49pm
  44. our laws are the residue of thousands of years of religious insanity…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:02pm
  45. I love it how people throw Religion under the bus but expect Religion to marry Homosexuals. I know, you want a secular world because that´s the only way you´ll get away with your agenda. By the way 14 is a minor in the US whether or not you agree or disagree, and having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old is classified as statutory rape. Maybe you´d stand by that law if it were two straights but it is the world we live in. By accepting this relationship you therefore are accepting pedophilia.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:11pm
  46. what a fucking joke!!! let her go and drop these ridiculous charges!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  47. Robert, the government marries people..not a church. If you go to the church to get “married,” but don´t get a marriage license, you aren´t legally married no matter what you think. marriage might be all about the church ceremony to some but to many others its about the basic rights to care for and join their spouse in many ways other than that.

    gay people expect the right to get legally married..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:16pm
  48. this country was built and formed on the basis of religious freedom and separation of church and state -you cannot have one without the other…so I´m not sure why this is “throwing religion under the bus ´..unless of course you want a theocracy…you´re in the wrong country for that. just remember, Robert Dambeck, when you let the government dictate how you live personally, sooner or later they´re coming after you and your families freedom just like what happened in Germany with Hitler, in Russia today, in America with minorities…etc etc

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:18pm
  49. The relationship started when both girls were underage… When she turned 18 back in December and the two slept together thats when the parents decided to press charges but they were fine with the relationship before that

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:49pm
  50. ok religion has NOTHING to do with this y´all, I had zero sympathy for her before but they offered her a cherry deal with no jail time and no registering as a sex offender and she broke it, DUMB bitch deserves what she gets!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:51pm
  51. this is ridiculous! how can they put her in jail the judicial system needs to get a grip! FREE KATE!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:55pm
  52. So you cant date someone 3 years younger than you of the same gender, but you can MURDER someone in Florida…..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9:58pm
  53. I live in FL (sorry to say) and this kind of crap ruins lives every day. Yesterday I heard about a 9 year old girl who´s parents are White and well-to-do. The girl is pregnant and in a state-run ´home´ in my neighborhood for the duration of her pregnancy. The parents are insisting their child give birth. Do these people have their heads up their asses? How many lives can they ruin with such stupid decisions? The decision to prosecute this girl as a sex offender is that kind of stupid. More lives damaged. Hatred rules in Christendom.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:05pm
  54. There is not enough information given here. I want to know how old she is, and what the age difference is.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:06pm
  55. I thought that the parents knew and concented? What a double standard!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:06pm
  56. the persecutor has a hard on for this girl

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  57. Fucked UP

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  58. For those that do not like Florida, if you are a resident than leave. For those that are not residents don´t visit because I do not want you here. Everyone keeps blaming Florida when really the 18 year old that had sex with a 14 year. Those laws are here to protect the children and a 14 year old is still growing. The 18 year old was out of jail but decided that she needed to send nude pictures of herself after the judge told her not to have contact with her. Seems to me a pattern of breaking the law and this isn´t just a Florida law its illegal in all 50 states.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:27pm
  59. unbelievable! Just unbelievable…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:37pm
  60. Also many people need to wake up- lots of 14 year-olds are having sex.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:40pm
  61. Such a travesty of ´justice´.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:44pm
  62. Thank you Rick Scott!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:59pm
  63. Love is one thing…….stupidity is another!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:07pm
  64. This girl was stupid and contacted her minor girlfriend. She´s 18, if she was a boy, this would not be news.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:31pm
  65. what a circus, they should have set a restraining order and given the choice to break the law as an adult up to her ( which it looks like she wouldve done)

    Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:32pm
  66. Anastasia, you´re right, because this wouldn´t have been in the courts in the first place…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:26am
  67. This is just so wrong!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:36am
  68. So messed up… :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:21am
  69. awesome…sounds just like my father claiming to file statutory rape charges on my partner who was a day older than me when they turned 18 and I was still 17…by a day…….fucking worthless justice system sometimes I swear..

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:43am
  70. I remember I got into a school fight with a girl of fourteen when I was 18….. Age lines get blurred when you are all together like that in the same circumstances. 18 is no different than 14 in that setting. Hell I dated a guy that was underage. We were together then I turned 18 before he did… his parents threatened me with similar charges this girl is facing. I was lucky I guess…..

    Point I am making is that I feel for her and this is seriously an abuse of power on the part of the parents pressing the charges. If she some how forced the girl to do things she did not want to do or if the “criminal” was not a teen herself then sure I would be upset. They are both teens, a legal technicality should not be used to hurt either one of them.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:05am
  71. Never will I go to Florida or Texas!!!! What a bunch of BULLSHIT!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:23am
  72. Hugs, girl. You´ll get through.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:28am
  73. Can´t wait for the girlfriend to never have contact with those awful parents ever again…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:48am
  74. oddly enough, if this was two guys, people would be calling one of them a pedophile…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:22am
  75. Florida is becoming such a HATE STATE !!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:23am
  76. FLORIDA SUCKS

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:23am
  77. I am a bisexual male. I am APPALLED by any GLBT that says this “poor girl” is the victim! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! I was 17 yrs old and had sexual relations with my 14 yr old girlfriend and went to prison for FIVE years! No one thought I was the victim. This girl started messing around with a minor when she was 17…LEGALLY an adult. She is a sex offender, PERIOD! I have lost faith in the GLBTQ comunity.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:26am
  78. @Audrey Cauthorn-Dobbs- no, YOURE the ignorant one…age is in the BODY dumbass…IQ is in the mind. It is people like you that have twisted everything. Youre sick!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:28am
  79. such bullshit…this would never have happened ten years ago!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:32am
  80. hang in there girl, You´re breaking new ground for all who fallow.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:24am
  81. Tragic!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:11am
  82. How can she be accused of having sex when Florida statutes specifically define sexual intercourse only as vaginal sex between a man and a woman?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:15am
  83. florida…..what a joke.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:44am
  84. This topic reeks of controversy. David Lynn Chapman has made a very good point. She was having sexual relations with somebody underage. She should know the risks even if she is underage ass well. It would have been different if the sex was out of the equation… maybe.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:06am
  85. *as… not ass. Oops

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:08am
  86. thank you for the support Shawn. but it is because of the controversy, hypocrisy and ignorance on this page with issues like this that I am unfollowing this page. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:21pm
  87. P.S. @Alice James- and by the way, NO, you cannot murder someone in Florida, thus the jury pronounced legal reasoning that Zimmerman was NOT GUILTY of murder. Just because it is your ignorant, uneducated opinion doesnt make it fact. You sound just like the christians.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:24pm
  88. fyi Rebecca if all the canadas stop going to florida it would be in a worse economic state that is already in.. and are we forgetting the parents waited until kate turned 18 and if the parents had any common sense this wouldn´t be going on . their daughter is most likely depress and very lonely who would want to hang out with her or date her with parents like that…that is not tough love this is total parents that are homophobic and thinking doing this is going to fix their daughter.. and yes they are right it did. but not the way they think it will. and poor kate gets older every min but this gf will always be 14 really… florida laws are a little out dated. being gay is not a crime.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:31pm
  89. and david I would have been against you going to prison too.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:34pm