Kaitlyn Hunt, Facing Felonies for Relationship With Minor Female Classmate, Will Spend 19th Birthday in Court Today UPDATE

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UPDATE: Hunt was offered a new plea deal this afternoon that would leave her with two misdemeanor counts of battery as well as a felony count of interference in child custody. Under the new deal, Hunt would not face any jail time and would not have to register as a sex offender.

Pre-trial conferences will resume today for Kaitlyn Hunt, the Sebastian River High School student who was expelled and charged with two felonies for an alleged relationship with a younger female classmate. Hunt turns 19 today, according to police affidavits from her arrest in February, and she will be spending her birthday at the Indian River County Courthouse.

The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. and will mostly focus on the state's request that the younger girl give her statement in a closed courtroom, Kaitlyn's mom, Kelley Hunt-Smith, told Riptide. Today will be the first time anything has happened with the case since the trial was postponed at the end of last month.

Having the younger girl -- who was 14 at the time of the relationship -- deliver her statement in private makes sense. It is common practice to protect alleged victims of sex crimes from media scrutiny, especially when they are minors. However, some media outlets published the full arrest affidavit in May. The document gives a re-cap of a night the younger girl spent at Hunt's house, dialogue from a recorded phone call between the girls and a summary of an intimate encounter that took place at Sebastian River High School.

High school encounters typically run on a scale of embarrassing to traumatizing, but the fallout of what transpired between Hunt and her basketball teammate blows that scale to smithereens. Most people don't want to recall those first awkward encounters, but both Hunt and her then-girlfriend will have will have those memories permanently cataloged in national newspapers. Hopefully this motion will pass to protect the girls from further scrutiny.

Hunt has only seen the younger girl once since the whole ordeal began, said Hunt-Smith, at a hearing right after Hunt's arrest. Although Hunt is required to be at the hearing today, the younger girl is not.

The original trial date was set for September 9 but was canceled in lieu of a murder trial. On August 22, Judge Robert Pegg will decide if he wants to set a new date or if he will dismiss the case.

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14 comments
drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

many hypocritical examples of how biased we are when it comes to male and female pedophilia.

I wonder if they would allow an adult male

dugsorensen
dugsorensen

I hope Judge Pegg doesn't cave.  This is a predatory case by every definition of the word.   Kate needs to face justice for her actions.  I think proper punishment would be 2 years time and not put on the registry.   

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Truth is if this was a guy you'd all be destroying him...

Mike Napoles
Mike Napoles

#lgbt ? shouldnt it be #pedobear? the younger one was.... 14...

oncefallendotcom
oncefallendotcom

The answer is obvious. Why add another pretty face to the public pillory? The fact this is even in the courts is an indictment against the Adam Walsh Act and Megan's fLaw. I'm not a blind Stop the Hate Free Kate supporter. But I am a person who knows the registry has been taken way too far, long before Kaitlyn Hunt met her girlfriend. 

gwarthock
gwarthock

Free Kate! As soon as her prison time is over, FREE Kate!

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@oncefallendotcom  

Probably because its against the law for 18 year olds to have sex with 14 year olds.....even if they are of the same sex

dugsorensen
dugsorensen

@oncefallendotcom  I have no problem with not putting her on the registry, but I do think she needs to do time.  What she did wasn't innocent, and almost as bad is how her parents have handled it since it has come out.   The bigger issue is the failure of proper parental guidance.  If we could toss her mom and dad in the clink it would do society good.  

oncefallendotcom
oncefallendotcom

@miamitrev2 @oncefallendotcom It is interesting to note that FloriDUH is an "Adam Walsh Act" compliant state, and the AWA contains a "Romeo and Juliet" provision with a 4 year age difference. The age difference between Kate and her girlfriend is less than 48 months, within the AWA provision. Yet, while FloriDUH is "AWA compliant," it does not honor the AWA's version of the R&J provision. 

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@oncefallendotcom 

Cool story bro.  It's still against the law for 18 year olds to have sex with 14 year olds even if you are of the same sex


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