SEBASTIAN, Fla. - Kaitlyn Hunt has refused a plea deal from the state attorney. She was charged earlier this year with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor, after she admitted to having a same-sex relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
The plea deal that was offered included a charge of child abuse, two years of house arrest and one year of probation.
She now faces a June 20th court hearing. If convicted at a trial, the state attorney's office says she could face 15 years in prison.
Kaitlyn's attorney Julia Graves, believes Kaitlyn is being treated unfairly. She cited a 2011 case in which an 18-year-old male, a Vero Beach High School student, had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female. In that case, the 18-year-old male was charged with lewd and lascivious battery, but the charge was dropped down to a misdemeanor battery case.
Statement on behalf of Kaitlyn Hunt By. A. Julia Graves, counsel for Kaitlyn and Joseph H. Graves, co-counsel for Kaitlyn
Our client is a courageous teenager who is choosing not to accept the current plea offer by the State of Florida.
This is a situation of two teenagers who happen to be of the same sex involved in a relationship. If this case involved a boy and girl, there would be no media attention to this case.
Our client is a model citizen. She has been placed in an environment of school with her classmates where they go to school together, have lunch together, and play on the same team and are allowed to have communication and contact without barriers. Then when something develops between the two as a result of this environment created by the State, it leads to criminal prosecution.
If this incident occurred 108 days earlier when she was 17, we wouldn't even be here.
Right now this is the biggest thing in her life. We are going to stand behind her. Her family and friends are going to stand behind her.
This is not logical. The State is willing to take this teenager's life away over 108 days.
Along with Kaitlyn and her family, we are going to fight to have the law changed so no other teenager finds themselves in this same position created by the State of Florida and prosecuted unfairly.
Now we as counsel need to get down to the serious business of fighting for this teenager's life.