Update: A judge on Tuesday revoked bond for Kaitlyn Hunt. Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg ordered Hunt to remain jailed until a trial. Details here.
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Prosecutors have withdrawn a plea deal to a Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend.
The state attorney’s office reports that it pulled 19-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt’s deal Monday, following allegations last week that she had violated her pretrial conditions and contacted the girl identified as the victim in her case.
The deal would have spared Hunt jail time and registration as a sex offender but added a felony count to her charges.
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Authorities say Hunt was 18 when she had sex with her then-14-year-old girlfriend. The two met at Sebastian River High School in 2012.
Under the deal offered last week, prosecutors wanted Hunt to plead no contest to two counts of battery and one felony count of interference with child custody. Hunt would be subject to a curfew, have to perform 150 hours of community service and serve probation.
Now investigators say they are looking into the allegations that Hunt has been in contact with the girl, and are considering whether additional charges will be filed, reported TCPalm.com.
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 the arrest record.
Article continues belowHunt posted $5,000 bail and was released with pretrial conditions that she not contact the girl with whom she’s accused of having sexual relations.
Prosecutors allege Hunt has been sending the girl thousands of text messages, including naked pictures, and telling her to delete the texts so no one would find out.
According to the court records, the younger girl conversed and met with Hunt until as recently as three weeks ago.
Hunt, now 19, argued that their sexual relationship was consensual, but Florida law considers it a felony offense to have sex with a person under the age of 16.
Update: 11:30 p.m. EDT:
Kaitlyn Hunt was booked into the Indian River County Jail about 9 p.m. Monday, according to a spokesman for Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt.Thomas Raulen said the incarceration was not a result of judicial action, but rather done at the discretion of the bail/bond agent.
Hunt is due back in court on Tuesday and could face additional charges for allegedly violating pretrial conditions that she not contact the girl with whom she’s accused of having sexual relations.