SEBASTIAN, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — An 18-year-old high school student is facing charges and has been expelled from school for having a lesbian relationship with a 15-year-old classmate after the girl’s parents alerted authorities.
Kaitlyn Hunt has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age after the other girl’s parents called authorities when the Sebastian River High School senior turned 18.
Kelly Hunt Smith, Kaitlyn’s mother, created a Facebook page in hopes to gain support for her daughter in an effort to get the charges dropped.
“She is the sweetest girl,” Smith told WPTV. “I wondered if I was crazy, if it was only because I’m a mom. But I wondered if anyone else thought, like me, that this was wrong and unjust. Apparently, they do.”
Smith posted on the “Free Kate” Facebook page that the girlfriend’s parents “conspired with police to entrap Kaitlyn” because they disapproved of the relationship.
“The police recorded a phone conversation between the two girls, now 18 and 15, in which they discussed their relationship. Kaitlyn was arrested and charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-16,” Smith wrote. “Kaitlyn’s girlfriend denies that Kaitlyn ever pressured her and is adamant that their relationship is entirely consensual, but her parents are out to destroy Kaitlyn’s life.”
The two girls were teammates on the school’s basketball team, but when the coach learned that they were dating, Hunt was kicked off the team, according to Smith. She was then kicked out of Sebastian River High School.
“After two separate judges ruled that Kaitlyn could finish her senior year with her peers, her girlfriend’s parents appealed to the Indian River County School Board, who expelled Kaitlyn [and] sent her to the alternative school,” Smith wrote.
According to WPTV, Hunt has until Friday to accept a plea deal which includes two years of house arrest.
“She would have a lifetime sexual offender on her record,” Smith told WPTV. “It’s a death sentence for her. Her life would be over at 18.”
The “Free Kate” Facebook page has over 19,000 supporters while the petition to drop the charges has garnered nearly 57,000 signatures.