Kaitlyn Hunt's Attorney Asking Judge to Limit Her Court Appearances

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The defense attorney for Kaitlyn Hunt, the 18-year-old high school student facing felony charges after she had a same-sex relationship with a younger student, is planning to ask a judge to limit the teen's court appearances until jury selection.

Earlier this month, Hunt was arrested on charges of "lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years old." The student she had a relationship with is 15.

Prosecutors had offered Hunt a plea deal agreement of two years house arrest and one year probation. Had Hunt taken the deal, she would have been labeled a "sexual offender." She and her attorney refused the deal.

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- Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen, Arrested and Expelled From School For Gay Relationship
- Kaitlyn Hunt's Charges Will Not Be Dropped, Florida State Attorney Says

According to WPTV, Hunt's attorney, Julia Graves, will make the request for the teen to have her court appearances limited at a hearing scheduled for Friday.

Graves is also requesting a defense motion to postpone a case status hearing scheduled for June 20.

The request will be heard by Circuit Judge Robert Pegg.

Hunt appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday. She did not speak.

Graves has indicated that she plans to defend Kaitlyn, as well as challenge the laws that have landed the teen in this predicament.

Graves has cited a 2011 case about an 18-year old male who faced the same charges when it was found out he had consensual sex with a 15-year old girl. That case saw the charges dropped to a misdemeanor battery case.

Kaitlyn has received an overwhelming amount of support online, particularly from those who believe this is a gay rights issue. There are those who oppose her, and use the staunch Florida law as a reasoning to push their bigotry.

The family says Kaitlyn's girlfriend's parents are pressing charges because they simply can't handle their daughter being in a same-sex relationship.

Kaitlyn and her supporters say the relationship was consensual. Florida law stipulates that anyone younger than 16 cannot legally consent to sexual activity.

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Bubba8989
Bubba8989

I remain appalled at the comments by people who provide a rationalization that it's okay for an adult to have sex with a child.

Maybe in some parts of the world, it's okay.  (I understand the pedophiles were flocking to Thailand for a while.)

But don't do it in the State of Florida.  Read Florida Statute 800.04.  The language is unequivocal.  This lewd and lascivious statute has successfully put a good number of pedophiles in the slammer.  It has withstood judicial challenge.

gwarthock
gwarthock

If repeated warnings, the threat of arrest and the possibility of registration as a sex offender is not enough deterrent for an adult to keep her fingers out of a child, then that adult is indeed a sex offender. I agree Free Kate, Free her in 5-15.

geargroy
geargroy

Does the time fit the crime? No. If you like seeing a woman's life get ruined, there plenty of books on the Salem witch trials. Dig in. Don't forget to butter the popcorn.

geargroy
geargroy

Does the time fit the crime? No it doesn't. Legally yes ethically... No. If this was your kid would you fight for your daughter? Yes. Is this a witch hunt. You better believe it is.

geargroy
geargroy

Does the time fit the crime? No it doesn't. Legally yes ethically... No. If this was your kid would you fight for your daughter? Yes. Is this a witch hunt. You better believe it is.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

Sorry, but the plea deal would NOT have forced her to register as a sex offender.  Get your facts straight.  Stop believing the lies of Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger and her white trash family.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

Sorry, but the plea deal would NOT have forced her to register as a sex offender.  Get your facts right.

denn_nim
denn_nim

From the South Florida Gay News:
PFLAG is an organization that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends.
A local chapter of PFLAG, Indian River County’s only gay rights group, released a statement distancing itself from the Kaitlyn Hunt case.

“We have been watching the developments in this case since it was brought to our attention. PFLAG of Vero Beach cannot enter into the controversy for the following reason. We have not been able to find where the charges brought against this unfortunate young lady are inspired by homophobia, or are in any way anti-LGBTQ,” writes local president David McKinnon.

Ms. Hunt has chosen the wrong lawyer. An 18 year old fingering a 14 year old in a bathroom stall at school is against Florida law. Good Luck changing the laws. 14 year olds are in no way adults and unable to give consent.
This has nothing to do with being gay, it is the age of the victim. When the judge instructs the jury there is only one conclusion.....she broke the law.                                          

denn_nim
denn_nim

Boy, you can tell how biased this article is.  They call those who oppose her fingering a 14 year old in a bathroom stall as school bigots.  Amazing. 

Doug
Doug

I find it funny that everyone thinks her life is tragically over if she gets a felony.  She can't work, get a job blah, blah blah.  I think she has an obvious career in head of her and quite impressive qualifications. If she hasn't had a job offer already I'd be surprised.    Young, white, blonde, lesbian, cheerleader, 300k social followers, doesn't mind having sex in a bathroom, all she needs is a legal partner and camera man.  She could make enough to retire before the trial is over.   Oh and don't forget according to her class mates she has "spirit."

gwarthock
gwarthock

I think one enhancer was an adult picking up a runaway, taking her home and having sex with her and introducing her to sex toys. Another is that the offender acknowledged she knew what she was doing was felonious in social media which will be introduced as evidence. Another is that the offender was warned twice to stay away. But probably the biggest impetus for the parents was when someone outside the two families reported the sexual abuse. Under Florida law, parents are mandatory reporters and once they knew it was public information, that "everyone" knew Kate was molesting the victim, then they had to report it to the police or they would be arrested and charged with the Florida statute for enabling the continued sexual abuse of a child. The victim's parents had no choice.

judas388
judas388

i see "romantic relationship" repeated quite often but no place have i seen it written that they had sex, is it an assumption, details being left out to protect the younger girl, what? And the funny part, i find more women insisting Hunt be prosecutor to the fullest, why? I'm a bit jaded on the subject, more than 30 yrs ago a younger female introduced me to the ways of the world, and she knew much more then I ..... not so funny is i'd be labeled for the rest of my life as a predator, something far from what happened..... Over zealous prosecutors and strange, over protective parents who look to the state to enforce their morels within their family?

Julia
Julia

"The student she had a relationship with is 15." I noticed you "conveniently" failed to mention that while the minor victim is 15 NOW, at the time the illegal activity took place, she was 14 years old. 

I also, like goldsmitham, take issue with your "There are those who oppose her, and use the staunch Florida law as a reasoning to push their bigotry" statement. You come across just as many of the adult criminal's supporters do: when people don't agree with you, instead of having a discussion that involves facts, you resort to name calling, as that is all you have. This is about her breaking the law, period. 

judas388
judas388

...its not a gay issue, its a "Prosecutors Gone Wild" issue


goldsmitham
goldsmitham

"There are those who oppose her, and use the staunch Florida law as a reasoning to push their bigotry."

Really? I'm surprised you even call yourself a journalist. That is such a blatantly biased statement that it's sick. Obviously you never took a college course in "fair and balanced" journalism.

gwarthock
gwarthock

@Doug People can move with a felony conviction, but a felony sex crime conviction, not so much. Most insurance companies that insure businesses will double the premiums for their clients who hire sex offenders. In most states she is not allowed to live where she wants, she will be banished while she lives in Florida, unable to live at home because of her sister and the proximity to a school, church, park or other place children gather. She could have lived under the Tuttle Causeway, but they closed down that camp. Off to the swamps with her.

gwarthock
gwarthock

@judas388 Be careful - The Adam Walsh Act removes the Statute of Limitations for certain sex offenses. You still have time to carry that Predator label.

Julia
Julia

@judas388 Actually, they did have sex, and if you look at the arrest affidavit, it's very detailed in there. Not all who want her prosecuted are women. Plenty are men, and there are plenty of both sexes that don't feel she did anything wrong. Perhaps the parents are looking out for the best interests of their child, as would I, if someone committed a crime against one of my kids. How are they looking to the state to enforce anything within their family. They are looking to the state to enforce the LAW. 

judas388
judas388

@Doug @judas388 ....and you think these two stories have something in common? that's pure idiocy  


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