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NewsChannel 5's Jon Shainman interviews Kaitlyn Hunt in jail

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 08, 2013
and last updated 2014-12-15 14:45:08-05

Kaitlyn Hunt says this Thanksgiving will be the first holiday she'll ever miss with her family. But the plea deal she signed last week will get her out of jail in time for Christmas.

The now 19-year-old Sebastian teenager was 18 when she got involved with a 14-year-old female classmate at Sebastian River High School.

"She was that person I could go to when I was upset or needed someone to talk to," Hunt said.

Her story exploded in social media. "It was overwhelming, it was a shock.  But not in a bad way."

Prosecutors insisted all along this case had nothing to do with same-sex relationships, but underage relationships.

Hunt says she didn't know she was doing anything illegal. "I never was educated on dating laws and ages and stuff so I still was confused about everything.  I didn't know why I was in trouble."

Hunt rejected the first plea deal prosecutors offered, and had a second one rescinded after it was revealed she had still been in contact with the victim through thousands of explicit text messages.

"Yeah I do regret it because I trusted her as not only my friend but my girlfriend too.  I felt I got set up in multiple ways and I got hurt by her." Hunt said.

Her feelings toward her today? "I care about her as a person because it's someone I dated for a long time.  But I don't love her the way I did before."

Hunt says family support has kept her going and she wishes she had a chance to talk with the other girl's parents. "I would have respected their wishes and I would have sat down with them and had a conversation with them and it would have been different."

Hunt was asked if an apology is in order."Man I don't know how to answer that.  To their family no."

As for her future plans, she wants to go back to school in January to study nursing and, along with her attorney, will work to change Florida laws when it comes to high school age relationships, no matter what gender.